This collection of "comparisons and contrasts" explores Heinz Kohut's self psychology in relation to a wide-ranging group of modern thinkers, both inside and outside of analysis. Separate sections analyze self psychology alongside Freud and the first generation of psychoanalytic dissidents; British object relations theorists; and contemporary theorists like Kernberg, Mahler, Lacan, and Masterson.
"Rarely have I enjoyed reading a book more than this intellectually challenging and useful volume. The Detricks have provided a great service to those clinicians familiar with self psychology who wish to understand how it can be expanded by, and effectively integrated into, the work done by many seminal thinkers in psychoanalysis and philosophy."
- Howard Baker, M.D., American Journal of Psychotherapy
I. Freud and the Historical "Dissidents" 1. A Comparison of Freud and Kohut: Apostasy or Synergy? Basch 2. Kohut and Jung: A Comparison of Theory and Therapy, Corbett 3. Adler, Kohut, and the Idea of a Psychoanalytic Research Tradition, Stepansky 4. Otto Rank and Self Psychology, Menaker 5. Ferenczi's Contributions to the Evolution of a Self Psychology Framework in Psychoanalysis, Rachman 6. Karen Horney's Theory of the Self, Paul II. Existential-Humanistic Thinkers 7. Narcissism and Nihilism: Kohut and Kierkegaard on the Modern Self, Rubin 8. Kohut and Husserl: The Empathic Bond, Nissim-Sabat 9. On Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the Psychology of the Self, Masek 10. Psychoanalytic Phenomenology and the Thinking of Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre, Atwood 11. Carl Rogers and Heinz Kohut: On the Importance of Valuing the Self, Kahn III. English Object Relations Theorists 12. Klein, Balint, and Fairbairn: A Self-Psychological Perspective, Brandchaft 13. Winnicott and Self Psychology: Remarkable Reflections, Bacal IV. Contemporary Contributions 14. Interpersonal Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology: A Clinical Comparison, Bromberg 15. Conflict and Deficit Models of Psychopathology: A Unificatory Point of View, Gediman 16. Masterson and Kohut: Comparison and Contrast, Klein 17. Kernberg and Kohut: A Critical Comparison, Aktar 18. Lacan and Kohut: From Imaginary to Symbolic Identification in the Case of Mr. Z, Muller 19. Mahler, Kohut, and Infant Research: Some Comparisons, Shane, Shane 20. Self Psychology: A Post-Kohutian View, Gedo V. Summarizing Reflections 21. Self Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and the Analytic Enterprise, Detrick