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

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

by Esther Menaker, Claude Barbre
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568214757
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1995
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Self-Image as Defense and Resistance3
2Heinz Kohut and Otto Rank11
3The Ethical and the Empathic15
4Self, Will, and Empathy23
5Empathy in the Therapeutic Situation33
6The Continuing Search for the Selfobject41
7A Case Palpably Illustrating the Growth of Self through a Change in the Selfobject47
8The Ego-Ideal: An Aspect of Narcissism55
9The Therapeutic Significance of Uniqueness69
10Some Psychosocial Factors in the Development of Ego and Self: Individuation, Identification, and Identity79
11Self and Culture-Clinical Implications of Culture in the Treatment of a Japanese-American Woman87
12Culture and Some Limitations of the Psychoanalytic Method97
13Otto Rank and Ego Psychology105
14Interpretation and Ego Function115
15Questioning the Sacred Cow of the Transference121
16Self-Disclosure, Transference, and Countertransference129
17The Selfobject as Immortal Self143
18Masochism from a Self Psychological Perspective155
19Self Psychological Perspectives on Moral Masochism165
20Illusion, Idealization, and Masochism175
21More on Masochism187
22Female Identity in Psychosocial Perspective199
23Gender and the Complementarity of Viewpoints207
24Conflicts of Women in a Changing Society213
25Comments on Freud's "The Psychogenesis of a Case of Homosexuality in a Woman"225
26Some Observations Regarding Men's Contemporary Views of Women231
27My Analysis with Anna Freud237
28Psychoanalytic New York in the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties243
29Continuity and Change in Conceptions of the Psychoanalytic Situation251
30Being Seventy-Five265
31A Contribution to the Study of the Neurotic Stealing Symptom269
32Hypermotility and Transitory Tic in a Child of Seven281
33Conversations with Esther Menaker289
References313
Publications of Esther Menaker319
Credits323
Index327

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