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Heinz Kohut : The Making of a Psychoanalyst - Charles B. Strozier

Heinz Kohut

The Making of a Psychoanalyst

Paperback Published: 17th April 2004
ISBN: 9781590511022
Number Of Pages: 495

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Heinz Kohut (1913-1981) stood at the center of the twentieth-century psychoanalytic movement. After fleeing his native Vienna when the Nazis took power, he arrived in Chicago, where he spent the rest of his life. He became the most creative figure in the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is now remembered as the founder of 'self psychology,' whose emphasis on empathy sought to make Freudian psychoanalysis less neutral.

Kohut's life invited complexity. He obfuscated his identity as a Jew, negotiated a protean sexuality, and could be surprisingly secretive about his health and other matters. In this biography, Charles Strozier shows Kohut as a paradigmatic figure in American intellectual life: a charismatic man whose ideas embodied the hope and confusions of a country still in turmoil. Inherent in his life and formulated in his work were the core issues of modern America.

The years after World War II were the halcyon days of American psychoanalysis, which thrived as one analyst after another expanded upon Freud's insights. The gradual erosion of the discipline's humanism, however, began to trouble clinicians and patients alike. Heinz Kohut took the lead in the creation of the first authentically home-grown psychoanalytic movement. It took an emigre be so distinctly American.

Strozier brings to his telling of Kohut's life all the tools of a skillful analyst: intelligence, erudition, empathy, contrary insight, and a willingness to look far below the surface.

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"A deeply informed, absorbing biography.... Strozier's book is an exemplary study of a psychoanalyst who threw himself into the task of transforming a major tradition." - The New York Times Book Review"

Introduction to the Softcover Editionp. xiii
Vienna 1913-1939
Prehistoryp. 3
Beginningsp. 11
The Tutorp. 21
Young Man Kohutp. 27
In the Universityp. 41
A Crumbling Universep. 54
In the Footsteps of Freud 1939-1965
A New American Selfp. 65
Psychoanalysis, At Lastp. 78
Candidate at the Chicago Institutep. 89
Domesticityp. 103
The Couchp. 117
Mr. Psychoanalysisp. 127
On Empathyp. 141
Breaking Free 1965-1970
New Formsp. 153
The Death of Elsep. 160
Family and Other Strugglesp. 164
On Couragep. 176
The Group Takes Shapep. 181
The Analysis of the Selfp. 192
A Theory and a Movement 1971-1977
Death and the Selfp. 231
On Ragep. 249
Self and Theoryp. 260
The Group Reduxp. 269
The Restoration of the Selfp. 278
The Birth of the Hero 1977-1981
Heroes and Gurusp. 303
The Autobiography of Mr. Zp. 308
The Waning Yearsp. 317
God and Religionp. 327
The Healing of Psychoanalysisp. 334
New Clinical Directionsp. 350
Gentle into That Good Nightp. 371
On Sourcesp. 383
Notesp. 387
Acknowledgmentsp. 471
Indexp. 477
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ISBN: 9781590511022
ISBN-10: 1590511026
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 495
Published: 17th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.74