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The Metaphor of Play


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Gabbard, Foreword. Part I: Development. Play and the Sense of Self. The Secret. The Self as Double. I and the Other. The Role of Toys. Two Playrooms. Fragments of Space and of Self. Play, Coherence and Continuity. Value and Fit. Part II: Disruption. Body Feeling and Disjunction. Stimulus Entrapment. Transference and Trauma. Reversals. The Expectational Field. Restoration. Impasse: Paradoxical Restoration. False Self. The Mask. Part III: Amplification and Integration. A Drive to Play. Coupling, Amplification and Representation. Empathy. Dissolving the Trauma. A Self Organising System.


In my Opinion The metaphor of play is a profoundly important book by one of the greatest contemporary thinkers and researchers in the field of psychotherapy. - Dougal Steel, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

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