Higher Education

Object Relations and Self Psychology: An Introduction, 4th Edition

  • Michael St. Clair Emmanuel College
  • Jodie Wigren University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • ISBN-10: 0534532934  |  ISBN-13: 9780534532932
  • 240 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000, 1996, 1987
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $118.50



This unique book makes object relations and self psychology accessible to readers not familiar with recent psychoanalytical literature. The theories presented in the book illuminate areas of childhood experiences such as ''relational'' problems and narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. Readers will find clinical insights about object relations and self psychology through the presentation of issues, ideas, and controversies of these models of the person.

Table of Contents

1. Object Relations Theories and Self Psychology.
2. The Freudian Starting Point: Concepts Relevant to Object Relations and Self Psychology Theories.
3. Melanie Klein: Innovative and Transitional Theorist.
4. W.R.D. Fairbairn: A "Pure" Object Relations Model.
5. D.W. Winnicott: Pediatrician With a Unique Perspective.
6. Margaret S. Mahler: The Psychological Birth of the Individual.
7. Edith Jacobson: An Integrated Model.
8. Otto Kernberg: A Synthesis.
9. Heinz Kohut: Self Psychology and Narcissism.
10. Stephen A. Mitchell: The Integrated Relational Model.
11. A Case Study Narrative.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"St. Clair has done a fine job of highlighting the evolution of psychoanalytic thought from classical Freudian to Object Relations and Self Psychology theories, and presenting complex material in a very palatable fashion."

— Kathleen Felton, Ohio State University-Mansfield

"I would say it’s a good clear introduction to the various object relations and self psychology approaches...and a good starting point for students beginning their masters level counseling program."

— Jerome Wagner, Loyola University, Lakeshore Campus

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael St. Clair

Michael St. Clair has a clinical background in individual and family therapy, as well as in teaching personality theory and supervising students in field placements. He is a Professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College, Boston. He has published in the area of object relations and also in the history of millennarian groups.

Jodie Wigren

Jodie Wigren has held teaching appointments at the Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. She lectures on psychology at University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has published in psychological and psychoanalytic journals on trauma, attachment and transference/countertransference. For many years she has conducted a private practice in Brookline, Mass.