Now available in paper for the first time, this classic text is about how an analyst analyzes. Rooted in the theory of psychoanalytic self psychology as put forth by Heinz Kohut and his colleagues, Treating the Self focuses on the application of the self-psychological concept of the psyche to the actual conduct of psychoanalytic treatment. The result is not a "how-to" approach, but rather a volume that suggests a theory of treatment and offers guidelines for creative ways of thinking about therapy. Written by Ernest Wolf, a close collaborator of Heinz Kohut, this is a personal account of the process of self psychology presented by one of the foremost experts in the field.
'Treating the Self is invaluable in conveying the core concepts and ambience of a self-psychological approach to treatment. I have used this book as a text with doctoral students in social work, advanced psychotherapy students, and psychoanalytic candidates. Writing with clarity and depth, Dr. Wolf imparts the theoretical material in a most meaningful and pleasurable way, with well-wrought clinical and literary illustrations. Because this book is so readable, it serves both as an excellent introduction for the beginning student and as an in depth study of self psychology for the more experienced clinician.' - Sandra G. Hershberg, MD, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, DC; 'This superb text is the most sophisticated and accessible introduction to self psychology available. I have used the book for the past 6 years in my graduate course on intrapsychic perspectives. I also use it as recommended reading during clinical supervision with seasoned professionals. My graduate students and supervisees have voiced enthusiasm and appreciation for Wolf's exceptionally clear, concise outline of theoretical underpinnings and his excellent chapters on clinical application, which include useful and enlightening examples. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in self psychology. - Linda Rubinowitz, PhD, Master of Science Program in Marital and Family Therapy, The Family Institute at Northwestern University; 'This book is a bench mark in the literature... An invaluable resource for practitioners, students, and teachers of self psychology.' - The Psychoanalytic Quarterly; 'Wolf has succeeded in clarifying and communicating the essence of self psychology. In this lucid introductory text, he outlines its theory and practice.' - Journal of Group Analytic Psychotherapy; 'A helpful, stimulating, and thought-provoking presentation of treatment according to the self-psychology model.' - International Journal of Psycho-Analysis