This unique book makes object relations and self psychology accessible to readers not familiar with recent psychoanalytical literature. The theories presented in the book illuminate areas of childhood experiences such as 'relational' problems and narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. Readers will find clinical insights about object relations and self psychology through the presentation of issues, ideas, and controversies of these models of the person.
Overviews and assess two important streams of psychoanalytic thought, object relations theory and self psychology, and examines the ideas and therapeutic approaches of eight major theorists in the field, including Melanie Klein, Edith Jacobson, and Heinz Kohut. Chapters are consistently organized to invite comparison among different theorists. Each chapter includes an introduction to the theory, and discussion of core issues, therapy model, case illustrations, and critique of the theory. This third edition contains new diagrams that clarify complex concepts. For those in psychology, social work, and theology. The author is affiliated with Emmanuel College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)