1st Edition

The Psychodynamic Image
John D. Sutherland on Self in Society

ISBN 9780415411844
Published March 12, 2007 by Routledge
200 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

The Psychodynamic Image is the first selection of John D. Sutherland’s major papers.  It provides an overview of the development of his thought on self and society and reveals the extent of his contribution to the field of mental health. 

Jill Savege Scharff introduces Sutherland’s most important and influential essays. These reflect his range as a theoretician, moving easily from the intrapsychic to the interpersonal level, building bridges between points of view and integrating psychoanalytic and social theories.  Sutherland’s work calls for changes at the individual level through understanding conflicts and unconscious processes as aspects of parts of the self in interaction.  He inspires respect and understanding of the self and its drive toward autonomy.

These papers push the boundaries of psychoanalytic thinking and succeed in demonstrating the relevance of psychoanalysis to the wider society. They will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, counsellors and social workers.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. Becoming and Being a Person. The Conceptual Model. British Object Relations: Balint, Winnicott, Fairbairn, Guntrip. Advances in Understanding Small Groups. Treatment in the Post-industrial Society. The Self: A Challenge to Psychoanalysis. The Self and Personal Relations. The Psychodynamic Image of Man. The Autonomous Self.

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Jill Savege Scharff is Co-Director of the International Psychotherapy Institute, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University, Chair of the International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training, and Teaching Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She is co-editor of The Legacy of Fairbairn and Sutherland.


"Dr. Scharff’s work is highly readable and constitutes the most important contribution to the literature about a very important figure in late twentieth century psychoanalysis. I recommend it for all mental health professionals." - James S. Grotstein, Training and Supervising Analyst Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society, USA

"Jock Sutherland did more than anyone else to democratise psychoanalysis, spreading it beyond the couch, through the professions, institutions and communities of contemporary society.  A crucial gap has been filled by this welcome addition to the literature." - Colin Kirkwood, Scottish Institute of Human Relations, and Convenor, Sutherland Trust, UK