In recent years, the traditional psychoanalytic view of the self as an autonomous entity has been shifting to a more relational perspective. This evolution from a solely intrapsychic stance brings psychoanalysis closer to the viewpoint of social psychology, formerly a highly divergent discipline. Bridging these different literatures, The Relational Self describes the extent and meaning of these convergences.
The book is divided into four sections. The first two examine current perspectives from psychoanalytic self psychology and social psychology, and the latter two present an integration of psychoanalytic and social-personality approaches.
"This intriguing volume, exploring the interface of psychoanalytic and social psychological perspectives on the self, will enrich both disciplines. It is an important integrative effort made all the more so by its appreciation that the self c an only be understood in context."
-Paul Wachtel, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, CUNY
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