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Explorations in Self Psychology (Progress in Self Psychology, Vol 19)
Gehrie, Mark (Edt)
Routledge / The Analytic Press / Hardcover / 2003-10-01 / 0881633739
Self Psychology / Intersubjectivity
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392 pages
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The contributors to Explorations in Self Psychology, volume 19 of the Progress in Self Psychology series, wrestle with two interrelated questions at the nexus of contemporary discussions of technique: How "authentic" and relationally invested should the self psychologically informed analyst be, and what role should self-disclosure play in the treatment process? The responses to these questions embrace the full range of clinical possibilities. S. Dudley and T. Walker argue that empathically based interpretation precludes self-disclosure whereas M. Miller argues in favor of authentic self-expression and against the self psychologist's frustrating attempt to "decenter" from frustration or anger. Consideration of the utility of a consistently empathic stance continues with J. Weisel-Barth's clinical presentation and the discussions that it elicits about management of her patient's primary destructiveness. L. Lenoff's critical rereading of Kohut's "Examination of the Relationship Between Mode of Observation and Theory" (1959) and J. Rieveschl & M. Cowan's "Selfhood and the Dance of Empathy" deepen still further a contemporary perspective on the nature (and advisability) of a consistently empathic stance in the face of interactive and enactive treatment challenges.

Other timely self-psychological explorations examine the twinship selfobject experience and homosexuality (Martinez); self-psychological work with adolescents (Smaller); and Neville Symington's theory of narcissism (M. Shoshani & B. Shoshani). J. Stern presents the case of Watt, "who was in doubt as to whether he was gay or straight and hoped that psychoanalysis would provide the answer." A. Ornstein returns to the topic of concentration camp survivors in order to dispel the image of the survivor as permanently scarred and incapable of healthy functioning. Contributions to applied analysis explore topics as diverse as an exchange of dreams between John Adams and Benjamin Rush; Mann's Death in Venice; the films of Ingmar Bergman; psychotherapy of the elderly; and disabilities in the sensory-motor integration in children. And Volume 19 concludes with Constance Goldberg's candid and enlightening reminiscence of Heinz Kohut, "a very complex man with whom to be in a relationship." --- from the publisher

Contents:

Contributors
Preface Mark J. Gehrie
Introduction Henry J. Friedman

I THEORY
1. "To Be or Not to Be?": The Question of Authenticity, Therapist Subjectivity, and the Role of Interpretive Moments in Treatment Stan T. Dudley and Todd F. Walker
2. Consequences of "Empathy": Rereading Kohut's (1959) "Examination of the Relationship Between Mode of Observation and Theory" Lester Lenoff
3. Twinship Selfobject Experience and Homosexuality Diane Lawson Martinez
4. Empathy and Self-Expression: Confessions of a Sometimes Angry Self Psychologist Marc L. Miller
5. Survival and Recovery: Psychoanalytic Reflections Anna Ornstein
6. Selfhood and the Dance of Empathy Jan L. Rievescht and Michael A. Cowan
7. Psychic Survival versus Psychic Freedom: Reflections on Symington's Theory of Narcissism Michael Shoshani and Batya Shoshani

II CLINICAL
8. Working with Adolescents: A Time for "Reconsideration" Mark D. Smaller
9. A Case of Sexual (Dis-)Orientation with Thoughts on Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, and Psychoanalysis
Jeffrey Stern
10. Panel: The Role of the Relationship in the Therapeutic Process

The Case of Patient J and Discussions: Introduction Estelle Shane
The Case of Patient J Joye Weisel-Barth
A Ruthless Examination of an Empathic Clinical Presentation: A Discussion of Joye Weisel-Barth's Clinical Case Lewis Aron
On the Impossibility of Immaculate Perception - There Is No Relationship Without Interpretation, and There is No Interpretation Without Relationship: A Discussion of Joye Weisel-Barth's Clinical Case Robert D. Stolorow
Reply to the Discussions Joye Weisel-Barth
Commentary on Discussions by Stolorow and Aron Estelle Shane

III APPLIED
11. Death in Venice: A Selfobject Perspective on Thomas Mann's Homolimerence Richard M. Childs
12. John Adams and Benjamin Rush Exchange Dreams Miriam Elson
13. Making Contact with the Perception World of a Child: Undetected Disabilities in Sensory Motor Integration and the Effects on the Development of Self Esteem Eva Rass
14. Tragic Man and Narcissistic Disturbance in the Films of Ingmar Bergman Gordon A. Schulz
15. The Applicability of Self Psychology to Psychotherapy with the Elderly: With Emphasis on Twinship Selfobject Needs and Empathy as a Mode of Observation Hideki Wada

IV A PERSONAL MEMOIR
16. A Personal and Professional Reminiscence of Heinz Kohut Constance Goldberg

Author Index
Subject Index

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