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The Analysis of Self: A Systematic Approach to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorders

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Psychoanalyst, teacher, and scholar, Heinz Kohut was one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals. A rebel according to many mainstream psychoanalysts, Kohut challenged Freudian orthodoxy and the medical control of psychoanalysis in America. In his highly influential book The Analysis of the Self, Kohut established the industry standard of the treatment of
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 1st 1971 by International Universities Press (first published 1971)
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Charles
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Richly imaginative, but very difficult to read. Once you find the right key for the whole, you will find treasure there - but treasure that you have to translate into the modern day. It is ultimately too dependent on Freud (for which Kohut later atones), but is worth reading for the insights of Kohut that shine through.
Mawr
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though tortuously wordy, this book gives some interesting insights into the inner workings of the mind of narcissistically disordered people. In particular, there's the notion of how the narcissist denies his grandiosity either through (horizontal) repression or through a "vertical split" of disavowal.

Also, there's the dual nature of the narcissistic configuration, namely, the coupling of the idealized parent imago and the grandiose self. This coupling reminds us that the human personality must
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Mike
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A painful read that is very much of its time, hence several instances where Kohut describes homosexual feelings as the symptom of a narcissistic defect. Nevertheless some instructive clinical vignettes and an interesting attempt to understand the vulnerability that lies at the heart of narcissism and how to heal narcissistic wounds. Kohut holds that this comes about primarily through interpretation, a view that underestimates the importance of the therapist's empathic holding, although he does a ...more
Menoedh
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Seperti semua buku tokoh-tokoh terkenal psikoanalisa, sangat baik kalau sebelum baca buku ini, kalian ngerti dulu konsep-konsep utama psikoanalisa punya Freud. Karena KOhut make some of the theme lebih luas. Khususnya tentang ide transference. it blew me away.
Jfish938
Dec 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Kohut's groundbreaking re-definition of Narcisisim.
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Heinz Kohut was an Austrian-born American psychoanalyst best known for his development of Self psychology, an influential school of thought within psychodynamic /psychoanalytic theory which helped transform the modern practice of analytic and dynamic treatment approaches.
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