Character Disorders t00447

Dr. Ankenman calls the work substitute defect a character disorder because it mistakes work for love. The work substitute lacks emotional love for his family and others because he thinks going to work to provide for the family is enough. His wife feels very unloved.  The diffuse love defect describes the person who can act … Check it Out

Mature and Immature Love t00443

Mature love is the ability to give love with no strings attached. Purely immature love, which Dr. Ankenman calls infantile, tries to take love through demands. In between immature and mature love lie the love defects of work-for-love and work substitute. People functioning under these defects believe they should be loved because they’re done something … Check it Out

Love Understandings in Adolescent Maturity t00441

Parents often worry about their teenager’s choices. Dr. Ankenman explains that children’s central love life comes from their relationship with their parents. As they enter adolescence, children become more diffuse and begin to take love feelings from other places. This is a normal part of development, but the relationship with parents is still central to … Check it Out

Tribalistic Love t00445

Tribalism is Dr. Ankenman’s term for when life only works within a limited framework. He uses the analogy of a small tribal group in which a specific skill is needed for survival and therefore defines manhood. Although the skill may not represent true emotional maturity, it is a sufficient definition of maturity within its culture. … Check it Out

Emotional Disturbance

Dr. Ankenman argues that all psychological problems can be traced to emotional causes, even if physiological sources are also at play. All have their root in an inability to love. He distinguishes between depression and anxiety and shows how they may interact with one another. Depression is a feeling of not having any love, while … Check it Out

Psychiatric Terms, Part 1 ltw0025a

Dr. Ankenman defines his terms for the love defects: infantile, work substitute, and work-for-love. He distinguishes these from mainstream psychiatric terms and also explains why certain love defects make people more susceptible to particular psychological disorders. For example, the work-substitute is more likely to develop a personality disorder because he does not know how to … Check it Out