As results from the present emphasis on short-term, technique-oriented psychotherapies or bio-therapy (medication) point to their valuable but limited roles in treating mental illness, this book emphasizes the need for extensive training in the treatment of self-disorders with developmental arrests using a long-term, empathy-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy approach. In addition to having a theory organized around the five postulates of Kohut, psychoanalytic psychotherapists need a professional commitment to patients and a significant experience of their own long-term, empathy-based training psychotherapy.
Ronald R. Lee lectures in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and is an honorary consulting psychologist to St. Vincent Hospital's Mental Health Department. Angie Rountree teaches in the Empathink Summer Schools and conducts psychotherapy in private practice in Melbourne. Sally McMahon teaches in the Australian College of Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy and in Empathink Summer Schools.
Chapter 1 1. Self Psychology: A Healing Research Program Chapter 2 2. Empathic Understanding Chapter 3 3. Selfobject Experiences Chapter 4 4. The Organizing Self and Self-organization Chapter 5 5. The Feeling Self and Affects Chapter 6 6. The Remembering Self and Structuralization Chapter 7 7. Self Psychology Theory: Pathways to Future Growth