Volume 16 of Progress in Self Psychology illuminates the continuing tension between Kohut's emphasis on the patientís subjective experience and the post-Kohutian intersubjectivists' concern with the therapist's own subjectivity by focusing on issues of therapeutic posture and degree of therapist activity. Teicholz provides an integrative context for examining this tension by discussing affect as the common denominator underlying the analyst's empathy, subjectivity, and authenticity. Responses to the tension encompass the stance of intersubjective contextualism (Sucharov), advocacy of "active responsiveness" (Livingston), and emphasis on the thoroughgoing bidirectionality of the analytic endeavor (Preston and Shumsky). Balancing these perspectives are a reprise on Kohut's concept of prolonged empathic immersion (Merlmelstein) and a recasting of the issue of closeness and distance in the analytic relationship in terms of analysis of "the tie to the negative selfobject" (Gehrie). Additional clinical contributions examine severe bulimia(Gorney) and suicidal rage (Hartmann and Milch) as attempts at self-state regulation and address the self- reparative functions that inhere in the act of dreaming (Fisch). Like previous volumes in the series, volume 16 demonstrates the applicability of self psychology to nonanalytic treatment modalities and clinical populations. Here, self psychology is brought to bear on psychotherapy with placed children (Silin), on work with adults with nonverbal learning disabilities (Palombo) and on brief therapy (Gardner).Rector's examination of twinship and religious experience, Hagman's elucidation of the creative process, and Siegel and Topel's experiment with supervision via the internet exemplify the ever-expanding explanatory range of self- psychological insights.
Progress in Self Psychology Series
I. INTRODUCTION - Jill Gardner, Ph.D.
II. FROM THE KOHUT ARCHIVES III - Charles Strozier, Ph.D.
Mark J. Gehrie - Forms of Relatedness: Self Preservation and the Schizoid Continuum
Judith Guss Teicholz - The Analystís Empathy, Subjectivity and Authenticity:
Affect as the Common Denominator
James M. Fisch - The Active Exploratory and Assertive Self as Manifested in Dreams
Lynn Preston & Ellen Shumsky - The Development of the Dyad: A Bidrectional Revisioning of Some
Hans-Peter Hartmann & Wolfgang E. Milch - The Need for Efficacy in The treatment of Suicidal Patients. Transference and Countertransference Issues
Allen M Siegel & Eva-Maria Topel - Supervision: Something New Under the Sun
James E. Gorney - Bulimia as Metaphor: Twinship and Play in the Treatment of the Difficult Patient
Louisa R. Livingston - Reflections on Selfobject Transferences and a Continuum of Responsiveness
Jeffrey J. Mermelstein - Easy Listening, Prolonged Empathic Immersion, and the Selfobject Needs of the Analyst.
Mary E. Connors - Dimensions of Experience in Relationship Seeking
Jill R. Gardner - Using Self Psychology in Brief Psychotherapy
Linda A. Chernus - Discussion of Jill Gardner's Paper
Lallene J. Rector - Developmental Aspects of the Twinship Selfobject Need and Religious Experience
George Hagman - The Creative Process
Marilyn W. Silin - Restoration of the Past: A Guide to Therapy With Placed Children
Maxwell S. Sucharow - Secret Conversations with My Father. The Psychological Dimension of Theoretical Discourse.
Doris Brothers & Ellen Lewinberg - Surviving the Death of Oedipus: Tips for Self Psychologists.