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Kohut's Freudian Vision - Philip F. D. Rubovits-Seitz

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780881632842
Number Of Pages: 256

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Heinz Kohut was arguably the most influential modern day psychoanalyst. Because current interest in Kohut's work has focused so completely on self psychology, however, certain aspects of Kohut's thinking, in particular his nonreductive synthesis of Freudian theory, are in danger of being lost.
Prior to his development of self psychology, Kohut was a legendary teacher of Freudian theory at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. In this volume, Philip Rubovits-Seitz presents Kohut's previously unavailable lectures from his course on psychoanalytic psychology (prepared in collaboration with Kohut himself) along with an illuminating summary statement on Freudian theory jointly written by Kohut and Rubovits-Seitz.
Rubovits-Seitz continues with his own insightful analysis of Kohut's distinctive approach to Freudian theory. And he concludes by arguing persuasively why Kohut's later contributions should best be viewed as a continuation, rather than an abandonment, of this early vision. "Kohut's Freudian Vision "not only repairs an outstanding tear in received psychoanalytic history but also challenges self psychologists and contemporary Freudian psychoanalysts alike to renewed reflection.

Industry Reviews

"Students of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic history will find Kohut's Freudian Vision an invaluable resource. Rubovits-Seitz brings a unique background and perspective to the task of presenting the reader with Kohut's previously unpublished lectures on Freudian theory, to which he adds his own personal observations and an analysis of how Kohut thought, lectured, and wrote. The final section of the book, devoted to demonstrating the continuity of Kohut's self psychology with Freudian theory, is most interesting and valuable. Scholarly and stimulating, it will be controversial with both Freudian and self psychologists. And that is what makes this book so good: it demands but also repays careful thought."

- Robert J. Leider, M.D., Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

"Philip Rubovits-Seitz and The Analytic Press have done a service to psychoanalysts of all theoretical persuasions-not just those identified with classical Freudian psychoanalysis or self psychology - by compiling and publishing Kohut's pre-self psychology lectures at the Chicago Institute. This book has both contemporary and historical interest: Kohut's exceptionally lucid synopsis of Freud's theory of psychoanalysis deserves to find a place in contemporary psychoanalytic curricula, while Rubovits-Seitz's admirable and thorough-going analysis of the continuity in Kohut's thinking provides an indispensable basis for pondering anew the personal and historical transformations that ultimately led Kohut to personalize his Freudian vision and thereby make his own contribution."

- Arnold D. Richards, M.D., JAPA

"An important book for those interested in the development of Heinz Kohut's thought and in the intellectual history of psychoanalysis generally. Kohut's Freudian Vision not only reveals the roots of Kohut's writings on self psychology in traditional psychoanalytic psychology; it also presents Kohut's sophisticated, often original, and compelling reading of Freudian theory. As such, Rubovits-Seitz's book presents a vision of psychoanalysis not as static dogma but as complex, contradictory, dynamic, and developing."

- Thomas A. Kohut, Ph.D., Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Professor of History, Williams College

Kohut's Lectures on Psychoanalytic Psychology (1958-1960)p. 1
Three Periods in the Development of Psychoanalysisp. 3
How It All Beganp. 6
The Dynamic and Topographic Points of Viewp. 10
Conflict, Transference, and Infantile Sexualityp. 13
Optimal versus Traumatic Frustration, Memory versus Hallucinations, and Daydreamingp. 17
Psychic Trauma and the Economic Point of Viewp. 21
Primal Repression and "Actual Neurosis"p. 24
The Genetic Point of Viewp. 26
Symptom Formationp. 30
Symptom Formation From a Longitudinal Perspectivep. 34
Freud's Theory of Psychosisp. 37
Freud's Theory of Depression, and Preoedipal Phobiasp. 41
Chapter 7 in The Interpretation of Dreamsp. 44
Chapter 7, Section A: The Forgetting of Dreamsp. 48
Chapter 7, Section B: Regressionp. 50
Chapter 7, Section B: Regression (continued)p. 54
Chapter 7, Section C: Wish-Fulfillmentp. 57
Chapter 7, Section C: Wish-Fulfillment (continued)p. 59
Chapter 7, Section D: The Function of Dreamsp. 62
Chapter 7, Section D: The Function of Dreams (continued)p. 65
Chapter 7, Section E: Primary and Secondary Processesp. 68
Chapter 7, Section F: The Unconscious, Consciousness, and Realityp. 71
The Second Phase in the Development of Psychoanalytic Theoryp. 75
Melancholiap. 77
The Structural Model and Neutralizationp. 79
Aggressionp. 83
Aggression (continued): The "Childhood Object" and the Superegop. 87
The Ego Ideal: Censuring and Approving Parts of the Superegop. 92
Narcissismp. 96
The Dual Instinct Theoryp. 99
Changes in the Concept of Anxietyp. 102
Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety: Chapters 1 and 2p. 106
Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety: Chapters 3 and 4p. 108
Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety: Chapter 5p. 111
Concepts and Theories of Psychoanalysisp. 113
Kohut's Method of Synthesizing Freudian Theoryp. 147
Kohut's Concepts of Narcissism and Self Psychology: Continuities with Freudian Theoryp. 161
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780881632842
ISBN-10: 0881632848
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1