Robert (Bobby) James Fischer was one of the world's most mysterious and exciting personalities of the middle 20th century. He single handedly ended a 35 year span of Russian domination of elite chess when he defeated Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship in 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Fischer's dynamic victory ignited in Americans a passion for the game of chess and a deep pride in being American during the height of the Cold War. The world knows the story of Fischer's ascent to the pinnacle of chess genius and brilliance, and it knows of his psychological decline into social isolation, paranoia, and likely mental illness. Now, for the first time, through 'A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer: Understanding the Genius, Mystery, and Psychological Decline of a World Chess Champion,' we come to understand the inner workings of Fischer's mind the genetic, personal, family, cultural, and political factors that collectively provide a penetrating window into the 'why' of Bobby Fischer's genius and bizarre behavior. Renowned counseling psychologist and author Dr. Joseph G. Ponterotto deconstructs almost every aspect of Fischer's personal and career life to sculpt an integrative psychological profile of this enigmatic world personality. Though there have been many articles, books, and films on Bobby Fischer, this text represents the first scholarly psychological assessment of the world's most famous chess champion. Among the topics addressed in the current volume are Bobby's early family environment and his natural intellectual gifts that predisposed him to genius in chess. Critical to understanding Bobby's personality development is his relationship with his mother Regina Fischer and his sister Joan Fischer, as well as his relationship to his likely biological father, Paul Felix Nemenyi. These topics are explored in-depth and the impact of these relationships on Bobby's psychological development is highlighted. Bobby's later-life internal mental state -- his mistrust, anger, and hatred of Jews is explored and the origins of this affective state are closely examined. Dr. Ponterotto also provides the first, carefully and cautiously sculpted psychological autopsy of Bobby Fischer relying on modern psychological assessment procedures. Of interest to readers will be a full chapter comparing the genius and mental health challenges of the United States' two greatest chess champions who lived a century apart, Paul Morphy and Bobby Fischer. This book also explores the topic of the prevalence of mental illness among elite chess players, and provides a critical review of the research on the potential relationship between creativity (a hallmark of chess genius) and vulnerability to mental illness. Finally, Dr. Ponterotto outlines counseling and psychotherapy interventions that very likely could have helped Bobby throughout his life. Though there are numerous biographies on the life of Bobby Fischer, this text represents the first scholarly, systematically derived psychobiography of this great chess champion and enigmatic world personality. The book includes 10 content chapters and select Tables, Figures, and Family Genograms, as well as Appendices providing extensive detail on the life of Bobby Fischer and family. Finally, the book includes some original family photos never before published.
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Author's correction: On page 95 of this book I incorrectly attributed the suggestion that Bobby Fischer may have suffered from Asberger's Disorder to BBC journalist John Eidinow, co-author (with David Edmonds) of the highly respected book "Bobby Fischer Goes to War." The Asperger's attribution was actually made by David Edmonds, as reported in the Quinn & Hamilton, 2008 article cited. My sincerest apologies to Mr. Eidinow.About the Author:
Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D., is a Professor of Counseling Psychology and Coordinator of the Mental Health Counseling Program in Fordham University's Graduate School of Education, Lincoln Center (Manhattan) Campus. Prior to arriving at Fordham University in 1987, he was a member of the counseling psychology faculty at the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) in Counseling Psychology at the University of California at
Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Dr. Ponterotto s primary teaching and research interests are in the area of multicultural counseling, quantitative and qualitative research methods, career counseling and assessment, and clinical practice. He is both a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor in the state of New York. Dr. Ponterotto maintains a small private practice in New York City where he works with a broad array of culturally diverse clients, a number of whom are chess players. His clinical specialty is on the intersection of personal development, career development, and quality of life within
a sociocultural context.
Dr. Ponterotto is the co-author or co-editor of a number of previous books including the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (Sage Publications), the Handbook of Multicultural Assessment: Clinical, Psychological, and Educational Applications (Wiley & Sons), Preventing Prejudice: A Guide for Counselors, Educators, and Parents (Sage Publications), and the Handbook of Racial/Ethnic Minority Counseling Research (Charles C Thomas, Publisher, Ltd.). An active researcher, Dr. Ponterotto has authored or coauthored roughly 95 peer-reviewed journal articles in counseling and psychology. In 1994, he was the co-winner of the Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award of the
Division of Counseling Psychology within the American Psychological Association (APA). In 2007 he received the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship awarded by Teachers College of Columbia University, one of the multicultural psychology field s most distinguished honors. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the former Associate Editor of the Journal
of Counseling Psychology. He is an avid chess enthusiast and has been playing chess and following the life of Bobby Fischer since the early 1970s.
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Descrizione libro Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0398087407
Descrizione libro Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110398087407
Descrizione libro Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. 189 pages. 10.25x7.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 0398087407