Goldberg uses the questions posed by self psychology as point of entry to a thoughtful consideration of issues with which every clinician wrestles: the scientific status analysis, the relationships among its competing theories, the role of empathy in analytic method, and the place of the "self" in the analyst's explanatory strategies. Clinical chapters show how the notion of the self can provide organizing insights into little-appreciated character structures.
"[Goldberg] insists that we all approach clinical material with certain values and theoretical points of view that inform and organize that clinical material. He provides arguments and asks questions that stretch our minds and help us 'search for more.' This is an excellent book for psychoanalysts who want to think about what they do."
- Arthur Malin, M.D., Psychoanalytic Quarterly
“[Goldberg] invites us to wrestle with such complex clinical issues as the role of apology in psychoanalysis and the process of posttermination and challenges us to take a new look at perhaps familiar vistas.”
- Karen R. Strupp, Contemporary Psychology
I. Theory 1. The Three Theories of Psychoanalysis 2. One Theory or More? 3. Translation between Psychoanalytic Theories 4. The Tension between Realism and Relativism in Psychoanalysis II. Empathy 5. Self Psychology and External Reality 6. Compassion, Empathy, and Understanding 7. Experience: Near, Distant, and Absent 8. On the Scientific Study of Empathy 9. The Unempathic Child III. Character 10. The Structure of the Self 11. On the Nature of the "Misfit" 12. The Wishy-Washy Personality IV. Clinical Papers 13. Comments on Rules and Psychotherapy 14. Psychoanalysis and Negotiation 15. Selfobjects and Self-Control 16. Some Notes on the Mirror 17. The Place of Apology in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 18. Post-Termination