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How Responsive Should We Be? (Progress in Self Psychology, Vol. 16)
Goldberg, Arnold (Edt)
Routledge / The Analytic Press / JOURNAL OR ANNUAL HA / 2000-11-01 / 0881633275
Self Psychology / Intersubjectivity
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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.



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
Self-Psychological Concepts


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.

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