In this groundbreaking volume, the authors bring us into the immediacy of the analyst's consulting room in direct confrontation with the thought disorder, delusions and hallucinations of their patients grappling with psychosis. From the early days of psychoanalysis when Freud explicated the famous Schreber case, analysts of all persuasions have brought a variety of theories to bear on the problem of schizophrenia and the other psychoses. Here, as William Butler Yeats notes, "the centre cannot hold" and any sense of self-esteem - positive feelings about oneself, a continuous sense of self in time and a functional coherence and cohesion of self - is shattered or stands in imminent danger. What makes psychoanalytic self psychology so compelling as a framework for understanding psychosis is how it links together the early recognition of narcissistic impairment in these disorders to the "experience-near" focus which is the hallmark of self psychology.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHORS PREFACE Coming to self psychologyINTRODUCTION Self psychology and psychosisPRELUDE AND ENTRE Cross modal attunement and revitalization of the selfPART I: MIRRORING CHAPTER ONE The opening phase - the case of Judith CHAPTER TWO Judith - the middle phase CHAPTER THREE Repair of the self - Judith CHAPTER FOUR The infrastructure of the vertical splitPART II: IDEALIZING CHAPTER FIVE Rachel - in need of an internal safe haven CHAPTER SIX Three rats and the extraterrestrial PART III: ALIKENESS (TWINSHIP) CHAPTER SEVEN Jonathan and the twinship transference CHAPTER EIGHT Selfobjects in psychosis - the twinship compensation CHAPTER NINE The widening scope of psychoanalysis: self psychology and psychosis REFERENCES INDEX