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Empathic Attunement : The 'technique' of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology - David Mac Isaac

Empathic Attunement

The 'technique' of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology

Paperback Published: 28th January 1991
ISBN: 9780876685518
Number Of Pages: 322

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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

Part 1 Part I: Understanding from the Vantage Point of the Patient's Experience Chapter 2 Kohut the Man Chapter 3 Empathy--Its Definition and Functions Chapter 4 The Selfobject Concept and Selfobject Transference Chapter 5 Stages in the Development of the Self Part 6 Part II: Treatment in Self Psychology Chapter 7 Transmuting Internalization Chapter 8 Mental Health and Illness Chapter 9 The Place of Drives in Self Psychology Chapter 10 Defense and Resistance Chapter 11 Dreams Chapter 12 The Curative Process Part 13 Part III: Clinical Applications of Self Psychology Chapter 14 Kohut's Two Analyses of Mr. Z. Chapter 15 Treatment of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 16 Expanding Attunement to the Patient's Shifting Experience: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 17 Development of the Therapeutic Process: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 18 More Specific Understanding: The Case of Ms. O. Chapter 19 Treatment of a Borderline Personality Disorder: The Case of Mr. V. Chapter 20 Development of the Therapeutic Process: The Case of Mr. V. Chapter 21 More Specific Understanding: The Case of Mr. V. Chapter 22 The Empathic-Introspective Approach

ISBN: 9780876685518
ISBN-10: 0876685513
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 28th January 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.77  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.41