Heinz Kohut systematized the experience-near empathic vantage point as the basic structure upon which the treatment process is built. In other words, there can be no treatment (understanding and explaining) without adhering to and employing this empathic stance: the analyist learns, organizes his theories, and directs his explanations to what the patient is experiencing. He does not attempt to persuade, direct, or impose no matter how convinced he is of his own understandings. The analyst keeps in mind that interventions are at best approximations of the truth, and subject to continuous correction by the patient. In this way there is a mutual learning process, not one in which the analyst attempts to get the patient to accept an interpretation through some form of negotiation of different positions, in an effort to arrive at a meeting of the minds. Empathy is used not for gratification but rather for understanding and explaining. The mirroring and idealizing needs are understood and analyzed, not actively gratified through some verbal or nonverbal evaluative "pat on the back".
Empathic Attunement carefully leads the reader from the earliest of Kohut's observations through the newly developing theory and into detailed case reports. . . . At the same time, the thoughts of the treating clinician provide a running commentary that is invaluable in demonstrating the constant and fertile interplay between theory and practice, or, in Kohutian terms, between understanding and explaining. In an admirably self-revealing manner that does not hide countertransferences, the authors invite the reader to learn by empathic participation. This is a book that will appeal to beginners and to experienced practitioners alike. It can be recommended to all.--Ernst Wolf, M.D., Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.77 x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.41