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Empathic Attunement captures the essence of Kohut's contributions to self psychology and the mental health field. Straightforward, accurate, and practical, the authors introduce student and experienced clinician alike to the synthesis of Kohut's major concepts and their clinical applications. The authors highlight Kohut's emphasis on the empathic mode of data gathering from within the patient's experiences. Kohut considers empathy—the capacity to think and feel oneself into the inner life of another person—to be the major tool of therapy.
Part 1 Part I: Understanding from the Vantage Point of the Patient's Experience Chapter 2 Kohut the Man Chapter 3 Empathy—Its Definition and Functions Chapter 4 The Selfobject Concept and Selfobject Transference Chapter 5 Stages in the Development of the Self Part 6 Part II: Treatment in Self Psychology Chapter 7 Transmuting Internalization Chapter 8 Mental Health and Illness Chapter 9 The Place of Drives in Self Psychology Chapter 10 Defense and Resistance Chapter 11 Dreams Chapter 12 The Curative Process Part 13 Part III: Clinical Applications of Self Psychology Chapter 14 Kohut's Two Analyses of Mr. Z. Chapter 15 Treatment of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 16 Expanding Attunement to the Patient's Shifting Experience: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 17 Development of the Therapeutic Process: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 18 More Specific Understanding: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 19 Treatment of a Borderline Personality Disorder: The Case of Mr. V. Chapter 20 Development of the Therapeutic Process: The Case of Mr. V. Chapter 21 More Specific Understanding: The Case of Mr. V. Chapter 22 The Empathic-Introspective Approach