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The Dilemmas of a Schizoid - A Mastersonian Understanding

Candice Dumas

The purpose of this presentation is to try and gain some understanding of the conflicts or dilemmas experienced by individuals with a schizoid personality structure. Little research has been done on the schizoid disorder; however as psychotherapists we are often encountering these individuals in our treatment rooms. They often present with the struggles of not feeling connected or of feeling different to other people, sometimes even referring to their self-experience as feeling "alien" or like a "robot':

The term "schizoid" has been used in psychoanalytic literature to describe both a personality structure and psychological processes. Melanie Klein used the term to describe a developmental position (paranoid-schizoid position), highlighted by the defence of splitting. Fairbairn further elaborated on by Guntrip, described prominent characteristics of schizoid personalities as well as the intrapsychic structure that consisted of the splitting of the ego and repression as a defence. 

Psychotherapy Meets Africa
7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
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Candice Dumas

Clinical Psychologist in Kenridge, Northern Suburbs, Cape Town, B.SocSci (Psych), B.SocSci Hons (Psych), MA Clinical Psychology. I am a registered clinical psychologist and have a private practice in Kenridge, Northern Suburbs Cape Town. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Pretoria. I subsequently gained training at a psychiatric hospital and a district government hospital. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults dealing with a range of difficulties including: depression, bipolar, loss and bereavement, anxiety, psychosomatic concerns, trauma, day to day stress, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, work difficulties, separation issues, loneliness, behavioural problems, addiction, sexuality issues, various forms of abuse etc. I also enjoy working with people who seek general emotional growth or personal development. I also work with couples and families in need of assistance.The approach I use is mainly psychodynamic in orientation, which attempts to work with the core issue and aims for long-term change, not merely symptom reduction. http://www.therapistdirectory.co.za/candice_dumas.asp

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