1st Edition

Self Psychology
Comparisons and Contrasts

ISBN 9781138872233
Published June 23, 2015 by Routledge
510 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Douglas W. Detrick, Ph.D., is Director of Psychology Training, Outpatient Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical Center.  He is in private practice in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA.

Susan P. Detrick, Ph.D., is Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical Center.  She is in private practice in San Francisco and Portola Valley, CA.


"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