Object Relations and Intersubjective Theories in the Practice of Psychotherapy
The evolution of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy has been marked by an increasing disconnect between theory and technique. This book re-establishes a bridge between the two. In presenting a clear explanation of modern psychodynamic theory and concepts, and an abundance of clinical illustrations, Brodie shows how every aspect of psychodynamic therapy is determined by current psychodynamic theory.
In Object Relations and Intersubjective Theories in the Practice of Psychotherapy, Brodie uses the theoretical foundation of the work of object relations theorist D.W. Winnicott, showing how each of his developmental concepts have clear implications for psychodynamic treatment, and builds on the contributions of current intersubjective theorists Thomas Ogden and Jessica Benjamin. Added to this is Brodie’s vast array of clinical material, ranging from delinquent adolescents to high-functioning adults, and drawing on nearly 40 years of experience in psychotherapy. These contributions are fresh and original, and crucially demonstrate how clinical technique is informed by theory and how theory can be illuminated by clinical material.
Written with clarity and detail, this book will appeal to graduate students in psychology and psychotherapy, medical residents in psychiatry, and young, practicing psychotherapists who wish to fully explore why psychotherapists do what they do, and the dialectical relationship between theory and technique that informs their work.
Table of Contents
PART I. CHAPTER 1. THE HOLDING ENVIRONMENT CHAPTER 2. THE MIRRORING ROLE OF THE MOTHER CHAPTER 3. THE MOTHER-INFANT UNIT CHAPTER 4 POTENTIAL SPACE AND TRANSITIONAL OBJECTS PART II. CHAPTER 5. THE PARANOID-SCHIZOID POSITION: SPLITTING AND 'AS IF' THINKING CHAPTER 6. THE PARANOID-SCHIZOID POSITION: “ORUs” CHAPTER 7. STABLE CHARACTER STRUCTURE IN THE PARANOID-SCHIZOID POSITION CHAPTER 8. RESISTANCE AND HOLDING ONTO BAD OBJECTS PART III. CHAPTER 9. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL THIRD CHAPTER 10. PROJECTIVE IDENTIFICATION AND THE SUBUGATING THIRD. CHAPTER11. THE USE AND DESTRUCTION OF THE OBJECT CHAPTER 12. INTERPRETATION CHAPTER 13. TRANSFERENCE CHAPTER 14. GRIEVING CHAPTER 15. IDENTIFICATION CHAPTER 16. DEPRESSIVE POSITION STRUGLES: THE FALSE SELF
Bruce R. Brodie received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He worked for 20 years at a secure residential treatment center for delinquent adolescents. He was adjunct faculty at the California School for Professional Psychology for 20 years and has been affiliated with the Saturday Center for Psychotherapy and Training for 35 years. He is currently in private practice in Santa Monica, CA. He is the author of Adolescence and Delinquency: An Object Relations Theory Approach.