This comprehensive, introductory text makes the concepts of self psychology accessible for both students and clinicians. Beginning with an overview of the development of Kohut's ideas, particularly those on narcissism and narcissistic development, the author lucidly explains self object concept and why it is at the core of the self psychological vision of human experience. The book also covers how self psychology conceives of psychological growth, therapeutic action, and psychopathology and offers valuable guidance for the clinician who puts self psychological treatment into practice.
Peter Lessem is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in New York City. He has been in practice over twenty-five years treating adults, adolescents, and couples. He is on the faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, the National Institute of the Psychotherapies, and the Professional Psychoanalytic Study Center. He is married and has a daughter and stepson.
Chapter 1 In the Beginning Chapter 2 The Reformulation of the Concept of Narcissism Chapter 3 The Self and Self Object Concepts Chapter 4 How Seld Psychology Conceives of Psychological Growth and Therapeutic Action Chapter 5 Psychopathology: Disturbance and Disorders of Self Experience Chapter 6 Clinical Process Section Chapter 7 Intersubjectivity Chapter 8 Motivational Systems Theory Chapter 9 Self Psychology's View of Aggression Chapter 10 Self Psychology's Contributions to the Evolution of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice