The premier volume in the Progress in Self Psychology Series was completed two years after Heinz Kohut's death in 1981. Hence, this volume has a unique status in the history of self psychology: it bears the imprint of Kohut while charting a course of theoretical and clinical growth in the post-Kohut era. Biographical reminiscences about Kohut (Strozier, Miller) and commentaries on Kohut's "The Self-Psychological Approach to Defense and Resistance" [chapter seven of How Does Analysis Cure?] (M. Shane, P. Tolpin, Brandchaft, Oremland) are juxtaposed with a section of self-psychological reassessments of interpretations (Basch, A. and P. Ornstein, Goldberg). Clinical papers cover the selfobject transferences (Hall, Shapiro), patient compliance (Wolfe), and the "self-pity response" (Wilson), while theoretical contributions present ideas of Stolorow, Bacal, White, and Detrick that are foundational to their subsequent writings. This volume helped to shape the theoretical and clinical agenda of self psychology in the decades following Kohut's death.
Part I: Memories of Heinz Kohut. Strozier, Glimpses of a Life: Heinz Kohut (1913-1981). Miller, How Kohut Actually Worked. Part II: Interpretation and Self Psychology. Basch, Interpretation: Toward a Developmental Model. Ornstein, Ornstein, Clinical Understanding and Explaining: The Empathic Vantage Point. Goldberg, Discussion: The Definition and Role of Interpretation. Part III: Defense and Resistance. Shane, Summary of Kohut's "The Self Psychological Approach to Defense and Resistance." Shane, Discussion: Self Psychology's Additions to Mainstream Concepts of Defense and Resistance. Tolpin, Discussion: The Primacy of Preservation of Self. Brandchaft, Discussion: Resistance and Defense: An Intersubjective View. Oremland, Discussion: Kohut's Reformulations of Defense and Resistance as Applied in Therapeutic Psychoanalysis. Part IV: Clinical Papers. Hall, Idealizing Transference: Disruptions and Repairs. Wolfe, The Costs of Compliance: A Patient's Response to the Conditions of Psychotherapy. Shapiro, Archaic Selfobject Transferences in the Analysis of a Case of Male Homosexuality. Wilson, The Self-Pity Response: A Reconsideration. Part V: Theoretical Papers. Stolorow, Toward a Pure Psychology of Inner Conflict. Bacal, Optimal Responsiveness and the Therapeutic Process. White, The Rediscovery of Intergenerational Continuity and Mutuality. Detrick, Alterego Phenomena and the Alterego Transferences.