Beyond Kohut: A Primer

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 177–178. Reviews the book, Psychotherapy After Kohut: A Textbook of Self Psychology by Ronald R. Lee and J. Colby Martin (1991). This book is a laudably ambitious undertaking. The authors identify the core elements of the Kuhnian paradigm shift and then proceed systematically to apply those elements to their analysis of what they consider to be central aspects of self psychology. They begin each segment with its history in classical Freudian psychoanalysis, the status of that proposition or construct in contemporary research and criticism, Kohut's approach, and subsequent modifications by his successors. For the most part they succeed in demonstrating that self psychology is a paradigm shift away from classical psychoanalysis. En route to that success they expose the reader to a breadth of factors that most experienced clinicians would also benefit from reading, ranging from the philosophical context of certain constructs to recent findings in infant research, brain neurophysiology, and infancy observation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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