Polarities of Experience

The Psychology of the Real

by

Richard Rubens

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Table of Contents

 

 

Acknowledgements                                                             

 

Introduction                                                                       

 

Part One:  Experience

 

 

1    “The Terrible Ambiguity of Immediate Experience”     

 

2    Reality v. Idealization and Denigration

The Primary Polarity                          

 

3    The Reality of Loss v. Depression

The Second Polarity  

 

 

Part Two:  Expression

 

 

4    Self-Expression  

 

5    Assertion v. Aggression

The Third Polarity  

 

 

Part Three:  Intimacy

 

 

6    Love and Intimacy  

 

7    The Polarities of Intimacy  

 

8  :  Intimacy v. Power:  Power v. Power Over

The Fourth Polarity  

 

9     Intimacy v. Abuse:  Power v. Abuse

The Fifth Polarity  

10   Intimacy v. Dependence: 
Mature Dependence v. Infantile Dependence


The Sixth Polarity  

 

11   Intimacy v. Deception:  Truth v. Deception

The Seventh Polarity  

 

Part Four:  Socio-Political Considerations

 

 

12   Freedom v. Authoritarianism

The Eighth Polarity  

 

 

Part Five:  Psychoanalytic Polarities

 

 

13   Open-Systems v. Closed-systems


The Ninth Polarity  

 

14   Separation v. Lack of Differentiation:
Health v. Narcissism…and Worse


The Tenth Polarity  

 

15   Obsessive v. Hysterical:
The Bifurcation of The Tenth Polarity  

 

Epilogue:  “What’s with you and all these polarities?”      

 

 

References                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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