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Progress in Self Psychology, V. 15

Pluralism in Self Psychology, 1st Edition

Edited by Arnold I. Goldberg


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Volume 15 of Progress in Self Psychology conveys the rich pluralism of contemporary self psychology with respect to a central theoretical and clinical issue: the nature of the self and the manner in which is can best be studied. This topic is initially addressed through a series of papers reassessing selfobject transferences and the selfobject function of interpretation. It is then approached via the theory of psychoanalytic technique, with papers that focus on boundaries and intimacy and on "Surface, Depth, and the Isolated Mind". And it culminates in two case studies that elicit animated discussion delineating different perspectives - intersubjective, motivational systems, and self-selfobject - on the self in relation to the therapeutic process. Two studies comparing Melanie Klein and Heinz Kohut; a discussion of how current cultural attitudes affect parenting; a relational view of the therapeutic partnership; and an integration of Silvan Tomkin's affect theory with self psychology add breadth to this timely and provocative collection. Volume 15 includes additional letters from the Kohut Archives and a moving account of Kohut's struggle with his own impending death.

Table of Contents

Introduction - James M. Fisch

1. From the Kohut Archives - Charles B. Strozier

I. The Clinical Situation

2. The Selfobject Transferences Reconsidered - Crayton E. Rowe, Jr.

3. The Selfobject Function of Interpretation - Peter Buirski

4. The Optimal Conversation: A Concern About Current Trends Within Self Psychology - Allen M. Siegel

II. Theory of Technique

5. On Boundaries and Intimacy in Psychoanalysis - Mark J. Gehrie

6. Analytic Boundaries as a Function of Curative Theory: Discussion of Mark Gehrie's "On Boundaries and Intimacy in Psychoanalysis" - Linda A. Chernus

7. Surface, Depth and the Isolated Mind - Barry Magid

III. Klein and Kohut

8. Melanie Klein and Heinz Kohut: An Odd Couple or Secretly Connected? - James S. Grotstein

8. Insight, Empathy and Projective Identification - Craig Powell

IV. Case Studies

9. A Life of One's Own: A Case Study of the Loss and Restoration of the Sense of Personal Agency - Dorothy M. Levinson and George E. Atwood

10. An Instrument of Possibilities: A Discussion of Dorothy Levinson and George E. Atwood's Paper - William J. Coburn

11. Response to Coburn - Dorothy M. Levinson and George E. Atwood

Questions from Participants and Replies from Levinson and Atwood

12. The Case of Joanna Churchill - Alan Kindler

14. Tracking Alan Kindler's Case Report: A Self- and Motivational Systems Perspective - James L. Fosshage

15. The Centrality of the Selfobject Transferences: A Discussion of Alan Kindler's Clinical Report - Paul H. Ornstein

16. Antidotes, Enactments, Rituals, and the Dance of Reassurance: Comments on the Case of Joanna Churchill and Alan Kindler - Robert D. Stolorow

17. Reply to the Three Discussions - Alan Kindler

Summation of Panelist Discussions - James M. Fisch

18. Changing Patterns in Parenting: Comments on the Origin and Consequences of Unmodified Grandiosity - Anna Ornstein

19. The Therapeutic Partnership: A Developmental View of Self-Psychological Treatment as Bilateral Healing - Doris Brothers and Ellen Lewinberg

V. Affects

20. Affects and Affect Consciousness: A Psychotherapy Model Integrating Silvan Tomkins's Affect- and Script- Theory Within the Framework of Self Psychology - Jon. T. Monsen and Kirsti Monsen

21. The Self and Its Past: On Shame and the "Biographical Void" - Martin Gossman

22. Death and the Self - Charles B. Strozier

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 / Mental Health