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Progress in Self Psychology, V. 14

The World of Self Psychology, 1st Edition

Edited by Arnold I. Goldberg


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Volume 14 of Progress in Self Psychology, The World of Self Psychology, introduces a valuable new section to the series: publication of noteworthy material from the Kohut Archives of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. In this volume, "From the Kohut Archives" features a selection of previously unpublished Kohut correspondence from the 1940s through the 1970s. The clinical papers that follow are divided into sections dealing with "Transference and Countertransference," "Selfobjects and Objects," and " Schizoid and Psychotic Patients." As Howad Bacal explains in his introduction, these papers bear witness to the way in which self psychology has increasingly become a relational self psychology - a psychology of the individual's experience in the context of relatedness. Coburn's reconstrual of "countertransference" as an experience of self-injury in the wake of unresponsiveness to the analyst's own selfobject needs; Livingston's demonstration of the ways in which dreams can be used to facilitate "a playful and metaphorical communication between analyst and patient"; Gorney's examination of twinship experience as a fundamental goal of analytic technique; and Lenoff's emphasis on the relational aspects of "phantasy selfobject experience" are among the highlights of the collection. Enlarged by contemporary perspectives on gender and self-experience and a critical examination of "Kohut, Loewald, and the Postmoderns," Volume 14 reaffirms the position of self psychology at the forefront of clinical, developmental, and conceptual advance.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Howard Bacal

From the Kohut Archives - Charles B. Strozier

I. Clinical Transference and Countertransference

Patient Unconscious Communication and Analyst Narcissistic Vulnerability in the Countertransference Experience - William J. Coburn

The Figure-Ground Relationship of the Selfobject and Repetitive Dimensions of the Transference - Jeffrey J. Mermelstein

The Template or Transference: Some Thoughts About Mark Gehrie's " Empathy in Broader Perspective" - Jeffrey Stern

The Playing Through of Selfobject Transferences of a Nine-Year-Old Boy - Iris Hilke

Twinship, Vitality, Pleasure - James E. Gorney

The Loss and Restoration of the Sense of Self in an Alien Culture: An Application of the Concept of the Twinship Selfobject Function - Hideki Wada

Dreams, the Understanding-Explaining Sequence, and the Facilitation of Curative Process - Martin S. Livingston

Phantasy Selfobjects and the Conditions of Therapeutic Change - Lester Lenoff

Selfobject Need Conflict and Loss Experience: A Hidden Potential - Jack Kohl

Dyadic Capacity: Progress in Narcissistic Development - Judith E. Levene and Taras Babiak

Expressive Relating: The Intentional Use of the Analyst's Subjectivity - Lynn Preston

The Development of a More Than Binary Self: Constructing a Common Language Between the Therapist and a Primitively Organized Schizoid Patient - Karen Yadley Cobb

II. Gender

Exploring the "Bi" Ways of Self-Experience: Dissociation, Alter Ego Selfobject Experience, and Gender - Doris Brothers

Sex, Gender, and Intersubjectivity: The Two Analyses of Mr. G - Judith Kaufman

Self and Relationship: Kohut, Loewald, and the Postmoderns - Judith Guss Teicholz

The Freud-Jung Break: Reflections and Revisions in the Light of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology - Lionel Corbett and Anne-Lise Cohen

About the Editor

Arnold Goldberg, M.D., is the Cynthia Oudejan Harris, M.D. Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Rush Medical College in Chicago, and Training and Supervising Analyst, Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago. He is the author of a number of books, including Being of Two Minds: The Vertical Split in Psychoanalysis (TAP, 1999) and Errant Selves: A Casebook of Misbehavior (TAP, 2000).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General