Theories of Object Relations: Bridges to Self Psychology / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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Theories of Object Relations: Bridges to Self Psychology discusses the work of the major American and British contributors to object relations theory, focusing on the ways in which these theories anticipated and enriched the emerging field of self psychology. Howard Bacal and Kenneth Newman significantly advance the integration of major theoretical paradigms and introduce new concepts that provide fresh perspectives on the clinical situation. The authors provide systematic and scholarly synopses of the work of Harry Stack Sullivan, Otto Kernberg, Margaret Mahler, Heinz Kohut and his colleagues, Ian Suttie, Melanie Klein, Michael Balint, W.R.D. Fairbairn, Harry Guntrip, D.W. Winnicott, and John Bowlby. The authors' aim is to make a significant contribution to the integration of therapeutically useful ideas while at the same time pointing out the utility of the distinctive approaches.
Bacal and Newman help practitioners to organize and clarify their understanding of patients as they apply object relations theory in a variety of settings to their clinical work.
About the Author
Howard A. Bacal, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C) is a Training Analyst and former Director of the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is in private practice.
Kenneth M. Newman, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is in private practice.
Table of Contents
Foreword, by Ernest Wolf
Introduction and Overview, by Howard Bacal
I. Early theories of Object Relations: First Departures from Classical Psychoanalytic Theory
1. Ian Suttie, by Howard Bacal
2. Harry Stack Sullivan, by Kenneth Newman
II. Attempts to Bridge Classical Psychoanalysis and Theories of Object Relations
3. Melanie Klein, by Howard Bacal
4. Otto Kernberg and Heinrich Racker, by Kenneth Newman
5. Margaret Mahler, by Kenneth Newman
III. Bridges Between Theories of Object Relations and Self Psychology
6. Michael Balint, by Howard Bacal
7. W.R.D. Fairbairn, by Howard Bacal
8. Harry Guntrip, by Howard Bacal
9. D.W. Winnicott, by Howard Bacal
10. John Bowlby, by Howard Bacal
IV. Self Psychology (Selfobject Theory)
11. Heinz Kohut, by Howard Bacal
What People are Saying About This
A masterful overview of the various object relational perspectives within psychoanalysis, both integrative and innovative. It is integrative in the comprehensiveness of its assessment of the oeuvre of each of the many theorists described, each in their similarities to (which are always substantial), but also in their differences from (whch are always also present), each of the others. It is innovative in tracing the foreshadowing in, and the linkages from, each of them to Kohut's later evolving self psychology and they make out a most plausible case for considering self psychology the quintessential object relations perspective, finally giving the self co-equal valence with the object in the self-object relationship. A must for all concerned with the interactive evolution of theory and technique in our field.