Job's Illness: Loss, Grief and Integration explores the Book of Job and examines the psychiatric interpretation of Job's illness. This book presents the story of Job to help the readers to discover the links between depression, obsessional states, and paranoia. Organized into nine chapters, this book begins with an overview of the various medical references in which Job's illness is described in terms of categories of diseases in physical medicine. This text then describes Job's insistence on what has been called his perfection is a trait seen in obsessional personalities. Other chapters consider Job's own communications about his experiences and feelings. This book discusses as well the various ways of looking upon what happens to Job in terms of therapy. The final chapter deals with the transformation of Job with qualities different from the old one and restored to health. This book is a valuable resource for clinicians, psychologists and psychotherapists.
Table of Contents
Introduction The book of Job Reproduced from the New English Bible 1. Perspectives on Job 2. The Personality of Job (The Premorbid Personality) 3. The Symptoms of Job's Illness 4. The Case for Treatment 5. The Therapeutic Situation 6. Battle with Perfection 7. The Price of His Release 8. Tempest of the Mind 9. The Inner Consummation Bibliography Index