Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology: A Comprehensive Text

Author(s) : Frank Summers

Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology: A Comprehensive Text

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 376
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  • Catalogue No : 97344
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032779300
  • ISBN 10 : 1032779306
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Twenty-nine years since the first edition was released, Frank Summers has renewed his lucid and thorough clarification of the various object relations theories to demonstrate their evolution and continued significance for therapeutic practice.

A detailed critical account is given of major object relations theorists such as Fairbairn, Klein, Winnicott, Kernberg and Kohut, and new material devoted to the emergence and development of relational psychoanalysis has been added. The ideas and assumptions of each theory relative to metapsychology, psychopathology and treatment are expounded, alongside a critical evaluation of the strengths and limitations of each approach. With extensive use of historic case material, Summers shows how each object relations theory yields specific clinical approaches to a variety of syndromes, and how these approaches entail specific modifications in clinical technique.

This volume will be essential reading for all analysts, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers who wish to familiarise themselves with object relations theories in general, sharpen their understanding of the work of specific object relations theorists, or enhance their ability to employ these theories in their clinical work.

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This scholarly, extraordinarily thorough review of object relations theories is a significantly updated version of Summers's first volume. Integrating theory and its clinical implications and locating each theory within its historical context, Summers helps the reader (whether beginning or advanced) to understand each theory's underlying assumptions and their implications for the clinical moment. A must-read for those interested in an in-depth understanding of the breadth of object relations thinking.
Joyce Slochower, PhD, ABPP

This book is a feast for the mind. Readers of all persuasions, from those new to psychoanalytic thought to those immersed in it for decades, will find nourishment on every page. The original edition was a tour de force; this revision is even better. Summers's improvements, especially his discussion of the relational movement, serve up contemporary psychoanalysis in all its depth and nuance. Simultaneously scholarly and readable, this volume emphasises the practical clinical implications of theory, helping us all to become better therapists.
Nancy McWilliams, emerita visiting professor, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Dr Summers not only carefully and clearly summarises major psychoanalytic theories, but also does what no other author has done: he articulately spells out the specific treatment implications of each theory he discusses. This alone makes his book extremely useful and even invaluable.
Morris Eagle, professor emeritus, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University

Table of Contents

1. The Origins of Object Relations Theories
2. Fairbairn and His Legacy
3. The Kleinian School
4. Winnicott and Related Theorists
5. The Work of Otto Kernberg
6. Self-Psychology
7. Relational Analysis
8. An Object Relations Paradigm for Psychoanalysis

About the Author(s)

Frank Summers is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University and a training and supervising analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Author of three previous books and numerous articles, he is currently President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. He maintains a private practice of psychoanalytic therapy and psychoanalysis in Chicago, Illinois.

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