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Object Relations and Self Psychology: An Introduction 4th Edition

Michael St. Clair, Jodie Wigren

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2000, 1996, 1987
  • 240 Pages
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Overview

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.

Michael St. Clair, Emmanuel College

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, University of Massachusetts, Boston

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.
  • New chapter-ending discussion questions help instructors to facilitate class discussions in reference to each theorist presented in the book.
  • Updated case studies illustrate the theories presented and provide students with examples of how a therapist might proceed.
  • Revised chapters and bibliography to provide students with current references.
  • The book provides a concise and easy-to-understand overview of the most well-known theorists and their work.
  • Each of the nine chapters covering a major theorist presents an introduction of the theory, core issues, therapy model, case illustration, and assessment and critique of the theory.
  • Critique sections in each chapter examine how different theorists vary from both the classical Freudian model and from one another.
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.

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  • ISBN-10: 0534532934
  • ISBN-13: 9780534532932
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $150.00
  • RETAIL $199.95

"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."

"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."

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