ABSTRACT

Anxiety provides the crucial connecting link between the two major strands of this book that have been pursued thus far: the nature and sequences of ego development, on the one hand, and the relationship between aberrant ego development and the psychopathological predispositions that both follow from them and may also give rise to mental disorder, on the other hand. In anxiety states there is at the same time both: (1) a product of disordered ego development, lack of ego devaluation and of satellization, with many characteristic signs of ego damage that constitute the basic mental disorder of generic Anxiety Neurosis (Generalized Anxiety); and (2) the various defenses against and complications of the underlying generic anxiety, many of which are mental disorders in their own right.