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From the Publisher"Summers' talent as a writer is considerable, and given the density and complexity of the material, hes work is quite readable, while also maintaining a high level of theoretical and clinical sophistication. In addition to his integrative introductory and concluding chapters, Summers explores in fine detail the work of Ronald Fairbairn and Harry Guntrip, Melanie Klein, D. W. Winnicott, Otto Kernberg, Heinz Kohut, and the interpersonal school...a carefully researched, very thoughtful, and highly intelligent in-depth study of a variety of perspectives...a volume that took considerable thought and an enormous effort to compile."
- Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D., JAPA
"[Summers] presents a detailed survey of major theorists and their adherents (Klein, Fairbairn, Guntrip, Winnicott, Kernberg, and Kohut), and compares their theories with each other and with those of Jacobson, Mahler, Bowlby, Harry Stack Sullivan and Levenson, Greenberg and Mitchell, and Gill and Hoffman. . . . For psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists seeking greater familiarity with contemporary object relations theories that might improve therapeutic effectiveness, this book is essential reading."
- Stanford R. Gamm, Readings