Originally published in hardcover by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Heinz Kohut stood at the center of the twentieth-century psychoanalytic movement and is now remembered as the founder of "self psychology," whose emphasis on empathy sought to make Freudian psychoanalysis less neutral.
In the new introduction by the author included in this softcover edition, Strozier explores his experience in the role of biographer, particularly his commitment to psychological biography, with frankness and intimacy, as he provides readers with a sharp and perceptive survey of the art of recording lives.
Praise for HEINZ KOHUT: THE MAKING OF A PSYCHOANALYST:
"In Strozier's portrait of this 'flawed hero' he alternately evokes our admiration, our empathy, and our indignation; we despise Heinz Kohut, and then we forgive him. This impeccably researched book.carries us along like an exciting novel. Strozier has admirably succeeded in his goal of writing a biography that seeks to 'discover, illuminate, and disclose'." - Sophie Freud, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
"While evidently sympathetic to Kohut's contributions, Strozier successfully avoids idealizations and, implicitly, raises fascinating questions about the relationship between Kohut's personality and the subject matter of his dominant concern, normal and pathological narcissism. This book provides an appropriate tribute to a courageous pioneer who dared to challenge traditional assumptions." -Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.
"A deeply informed, absorbing biography...Strozier's book is an exemplary study of a psychoanalyst who threw himself into the task of transforming a major tradition." -NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW