The Widening Scope of Self Psychology is a watershed in the self-psychological literature, being a contemporary reprise on several major clinical themes through which self psychology, from its inception, has articulated its challenge to traditional psychoanalytic thinking. The volume opens with original papers on interpretation by eminent theorists in the self-psychological tradition, followed by a series of case studies and clinically grounded commentaries bearing on issues of sex and gender as they enter into analysis. Two thoughtful reexaminations of the meaning and treatment challenges of chronic rage are followed by clinical papers that focus, respectively, on mourning, alter ego transferences, resistance to change, and pathological identification. Applied analytic contributions and a review of Goldberg's The Prisonhouse of Psychoanalysis round out a collection that testifies not only to the widening scope of self psychology, but to its deepening insights as well.
Table of Contents
Ornstein, Introduction: Is Self Psychology on a Promising Trajectory? Part I: Interpretation. Wolf, The Role of Interpretation in Therapeutic Change. Stolorow, Thoughts on the Nature and Therapeutic Action of a Psychoanalytic Interpretation. Lachmann, Beebe Interpretation in a Developmental Perspective. Leider, Commentary on Papers by Stolorow and by Wolf. Part II: Sex and Gender. Shane, Shane, Sex, Gender, and Sexualization: A Case Study. Tolpin, Primary Failures and Secondary Formations: Commentary on the Shane's Cast Study of Kathy K. Bacal, Sharing Femininity - An Optimal Response in the Analysis of a Woman by a Woman: Commentary on the Shane's Case Study of Kathy K. Martinez, The Bad Girl, the Good Girl, Their Mothers, and the Analyst: The Role of the Twinship Selfobject in Female Oedipal Development. Ornstein, Sexuality and Aggression in Pathogenesis and in the Clinical Situation. Part III: Aggression and Rage. Marohn, Rage Without Content. Ornstein, Chronic Rage from Underground: Reflections on Its Structure and Treatment. Gehrie, Commentary on Marohn's "Rage Without Content" and Ornstein's "Chronic Rage from Underground." Part IV: Clinical. Shelby, Mourning Theory Reconsidered. Brothers, The Search for the Hidden Self: A Fresh Look at Alter Ego Transferences. Brandchaft, To Free the Spirit from Its Cell. Meares, Reversals: On Certain Pathologies of Identification. Part V: Applied. Orange, Countertransference, Empathy, and the Hermeneutical Cycle. Alper, The Child-Pet Bond. Shane, Review of The Prisonhouse of Psychoanalysis by Arnold Goldberg.
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).