- Richard D. Chessick, M.D., Ph.D.
“In this treatise on the origins, development, and functions of the vertical split in health and illness, Goldberg does for disavowal what Freud did for repression. Being of Two Minds achieves a decisive advance in self psychology and is evidence of Goldberg’s enormous erudition, prodigious reading across a variety of disciplines, and unusual capacity for seamless integration of widely differing sources of knowledge in a quintessentially psychoanalytic manner. This book is destined to become a classic.”
- Paul Ornstein, M.D., Professor of Psychoanalysis, University of Cincinnati
"Arnold Goldberg's new book should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand character disturbances. He convincingly illuminates and illustrates the value of the concept of 'vertical split' for psychoanalytically based treatment. Goldberg writes with such clarity and clinical acumen that the reader can readily apply his ideas to clinical practice."
- Amy Eldridge, Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago
“This is a deceptively unassuming book, rare in our field, from an analyst who knows his material so well that he can present it in the clearest of terms. In his effort to elucidate a central tenet in the self-psychological literature, the vertical split, Arnold Goldberg demonstrates, once again, that he is one of our most effective teachers, putting the concept of the split into every terms, illustrating it with succinct clinical problems, and repeating his observations in a variety of contexts . . . we can ask no more of a master teacher than that, by the end of the course, we find ourselves thinking as he does and so can begin to test out his hypotheses for ourselves. This book will do that for you. It is a remarkable accomplishment.”
- Henry F. Smith, International Journal of Psychoanalysis
“In the summary at the end of this splendid volume, Goldberg explains that this is an old-fashioned book. Indeed it is: clear, explicit prose, jargon-free, rich in clinical examples, and drawing on a profound history of psychoanalysis without invoking the latest and most fashionable views in the field. As the title implies, the bulk of the book concerns itself with the vertical split, but it also presents many other observations about psychoanalytic process, technique, and values. . . . Its contents, along with the many rich side ‘essays,’ provide a freshness of thinking combined with a remarkable knowledge of classical psychoanalytic thinking.”
- Harold R. Galef, Psychoanalytic Quarterly