The Narcissistic Patient Revisited: Progress in Self Psychology: Vol. 17

Editor : Arnold Goldberg

The Narcissistic Patient Revisited: Progress in Self Psychology: Vol. 17

Book Details

  • Publisher : Analytic Press
  • Published : 2001
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 240
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 81437
  • ISBN 13 : 9780881633467
  • ISBN 10 : 0881633461
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The Narcissistic Patient Revisited begins with the next installment of Strozier's "From the Kohut Archives": first publication of a fragment by Kohut on social class and self-formation and of four letters from his final decade. Taken together, Hazel Ipp's richly textured "Case of Gayle" and the commentaries that it elicits amount to a searching reexamination of narcissistic pathology and the therapeutic process. This illuminating reprise on the clinical phenomenology Kohut associated with "narcissistic personality disorder" accounts for the volume title. The ability of modern self psychology to integrate central concepts from other theories gains expression in Teicholz's proposal for a two-tiered theory of intersubjectivity, in Brownlow's examination of the fear of intimacy, and in Garfield's model for the treatment of psychosis.

The social relevance of self psychology comes to the fore in an examination of the experience of adopted children and an inquiry into the roots of mystical experience, both of which concern the ubiquity of the human longing for an idealized parent imago. Among contributions that bring self-psychological ideas to bear on the arts, Frank Lachmann's provocative "Words and Music," which links the history of music to the history of psychoanalytic thought in the quest for universal substrata of psychological experience, deserves special mention. Annette Lachmann's consideration of empathic failure among the characters in Shakespeare's Othello and Silverstein's reflections on Schubert's self-states and selfobject needs in relation to the specific poems set to music in his Lieder round out a collection as richly broad based as the field of self psychology itself.

About the Editor(s)

Arnold Goldberg, M.D., is Director of The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. He is the author of A Fresh Look at Psychoanalysis (1988) and is the editor of the Progress in Self Psychology series, both published by the Analytic Press.

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