This book postulates that the trigger of the psychotic condition is located in the basic processes which structure the first emotional relations. It presents some of the reasons why patients succumb to the attraction of a course doomed to result in the permanent derangement of their minds.

Preface -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Some psychoanalytic models of psychosis -- The primitive and the pathological in psychosis -- An example of psychotic transformation -- The unconscious and psychosis -- The meaning of dreams in the psychotic state -- Intimidation at the helm: superego and hallucinations in the analytic treatment of a psychosis -- Difficulties in therapy: relapses into psychosis -- Intuitive and delusional thought -- Transference psychosis -- The fate of the transference in psychosis -- Psychotic withdrawal and jeopardization of the sense of reality -- Disturbance of identity in the psychotic process -- Trauma and psychosis -- Some modes of entry into psychosis -- Concluding remarks