Treating the Self: Elements of Clinical Self Psychology

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Now available in paper for the first time, this classic text is about how an analyst analyzes. Rooted in the theory of psychoanalytic self psychology as put forth by Heinz Kohut and his colleagues, Treating the Self focuses on the application of the self-psychological concept of the psyche to the actual conduct of psychoanalytic treatment. The result is not a "how-to" approach, but rather a volume that suggests a theory of treatment and offers guidelines for creative ways of thinking about therapy. Written by ...
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Overview

Now available in paper for the first time, this classic text is about how an analyst analyzes. Rooted in the theory of psychoanalytic self psychology as put forth by Heinz Kohut and his colleagues, Treating the Self focuses on the application of the self-psychological concept of the psyche to the actual conduct of psychoanalytic treatment. The result is not a "how-to" approach, but rather a volume that suggests a theory of treatment and offers guidelines for creative ways of thinking about therapy. Written by Ernest Wolf, a close collaborator of Kohut, this is a personal account of the process of self psychology presented by one of the foremost experts in the field.
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Editorial Reviews

The Psychoanalytic Quarterly

"This book is a bench mark in the literature....An invaluable resource for practitioners, students, and teachers of self psychology."--The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
Journal of Group Analytic Psychotherapy

"Wolf has succeeded in clarifying and communicating the essence of self psychology. In this lucid introductory text, he outlines its theory and practice."--Journal of Group Analytic Psychotherapy
International Journal of Psychoanalysis

"A helpful, stimulating, and thought-provoking presentation of treatment according to the self-psychology model."--International Journal of Psychoanalysis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572308428
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 823,896
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


I. The Psychology of the Self
1. Introduction: Historical Development
2. General Orientation: The Inner Life of Man
3. Basic Concepts of Self Psychology
4. Selfs and Selfobjects
5. Selfobject Relations Disorders: Disorders of the Self
6. Narcissistic Rage
II. Treatment
7. The Setting
8. Principles
9. The Therapeutic Process
10. Selfobject Transferences
11. Countertransference Issues
12. Analytic Reality
13. Termination
Appendices: I. Medications. II. Third-Party Relations.
Glossary of Self Psychology Terms
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