The Freedom to Inquire: Self Psychological Perspectives on Women's Issues, Masochism, and the Therapeutic Relationship / Edition 1

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These significant papers, written over a period of more than forty years, document the evolution of Dr. Esther Menaker's thinking from a Freudian position - reflective of her early training with Anna Freud in Vienna - to a self psychological approach both in theory and in practice. In developing treatment objectives, Dr. Menaker traces the historical and social factors that lead to different psychological problems, and emphasizes growth and the optimal fulfillment of an individual's potentiality, rather than the elimination of symptoms as constituting "cure." Her shift from classical instinct theory as the primary explanation of human behavior to what Kohut termed the empathic stance as a legitimate method of observation is clearly illustrated with clinical material. Organized in sections that reflect Dr. Menaker's major areas of interest, and written from the vantage point of more than sixty years of experience as a psychoanalyst and gifted teacher, this volume focuses on self psychology, masochism, women's issues, and the history of psychoanalysis. The book concludes with an interview with Dr. Menaker that captures the author's candid style in regard to her work and life.

Empathy in the therapeutic situation/the continuing search for the selfobject/interpretation & ego function/masochism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568214757
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Self-Image as Defense and Resistance 3
2 Heinz Kohut and Otto Rank 11
3 The Ethical and the Empathic 15
4 Self, Will, and Empathy 23
5 Empathy in the Therapeutic Situation 33
6 The Continuing Search for the Selfobject 41
7 A Case Palpably Illustrating the Growth of Self through a Change in the Selfobject 47
8 The Ego-Ideal: An Aspect of Narcissism 55
9 The Therapeutic Significance of Uniqueness 69
10 Some Psychosocial Factors in the Development of Ego and Self: Individuation, Identification, and Identity 79
11 Self and Culture-Clinical Implications of Culture in the Treatment of a Japanese-American Woman 87
12 Culture and Some Limitations of the Psychoanalytic Method 97
13 Otto Rank and Ego Psychology 105
14 Interpretation and Ego Function 115
15 Questioning the Sacred Cow of the Transference 121
16 Self-Disclosure, Transference, and Countertransference 129
17 The Selfobject as Immortal Self 143
18 Masochism from a Self Psychological Perspective 155
19 Self Psychological Perspectives on Moral Masochism 165
20 Illusion, Idealization, and Masochism 175
21 More on Masochism 187
22 Female Identity in Psychosocial Perspective 199
23 Gender and the Complementarity of Viewpoints 207
24 Conflicts of Women in a Changing Society 213
25 Comments on Freud's "The Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman" 225
26 Some Observations Regarding Men's Contemporary Views of Women 231
27 My Analysis with Anna Freud 237
28 Psychoanalytic New York in the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties 243
29 Continuity and Change in Conceptions of the Psychoanalytic Situation 251
30 Being Seventy-Five 265
31 A Contribution to the Study of the Neurotic Stealing Symptom 269
32 Hypermotility and Transitory Tic in a Child of Seven 281
33 Conversations with Esther Menaker 289
References 313
Publications of Esther Menaker 319
Credits 323
Index 327
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