New Release Books by Jerome Kroll

Jerome Kroll is the author of The Mystic Mind (2006), The Challenge of the Borderline Patient (1988), The Reality of Mental Illness (1986) and PTSD/Borderlines in Therapy (1993).

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The Mystic Mind

release date: Jun 01, 2006
The Mystic Mind
A fascinating collaboration between a medieval historian and a professor of psychiatry, this enthralling book applies modern biological and psychological research findings to the lives of medieval mystics and ascetics. Drawing upon a database of over 1,400 medieval holy persons and in-depth studies of individual saints, this illuminating study examines the relationship between medieval mystical experiences, the religious practices of mortification; laceration of the flesh, sleep deprivation and extreme starvation, and how these actions produced altered states of consciousness and brain function in the heroic ascetics. Examining and disputing much contemporary writing about the political and gender motivations in the medieval quest for a closeness with God, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in medieval religion or the effects of self-injurious behaviour on the mind.

The Challenge of the Borderline Patient

release date: Jan 01, 1988
The Challenge of the Borderline Patient
Borderline personality is one of the most confusing and controversial psychiatric disorders.

The Reality of Mental Illness

release date: Jul 25, 1986
The Reality of Mental Illness
This book is psychiatry's reply to the diverse group of antipsychiatrists, including Laing, Foucault, Goffman, Szasz and Bassaglia, that has made fashionable the view that mental illness is merely socially deviant behaviour and that psychiatrists are agents of the capitalist society seeking to repress such behaviour. It establishes, by the use of evidence from historical and transcultural studies, that mental illness has been recognized in all cultures since the beginning of history and goes on to explore the philosophical and medical basis for psychiatry's diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Finally, it tackles two issues where psychiatry has been seen as at odds with the values prevailing in society: involuntary hospitalization and the insanity defence. The Reality of Mental Illness does not pretend to offer simple answers to the complex problems it discusses, but will leave the reader with a much greater understanding of psychiatry's aims, practices and problems.

PTSD/Borderlines in Therapy

release date: Jan 01, 1993
PTSD/Borderlines in Therapy
Taking into account ambiguities in the relationship between childhood abuse experiences, formation of self- destructive personality styles, and subsequent psychotherapy, the author presents a working model that is useful without limiting the practitioner.
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