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The Analysis of the 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 p ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1971)
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Charles
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.
Sergey Kochergan
Dealing with Narcissism
Mawr
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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Maggi Horseman
very useful information about early attachment trauma and narcissism. The book uses old language and a dense writing style that make it very difficult to digest.
Mike
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Gideon Faulconer
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I'm a senior graduating with a B.S. in Psychology, this book was barely accessible. However, armed with time, reading deadlines, and the APA online dictionary I was able to understand a lot of the concepts and they are fascinating. There's a lot that's really only applicable to narcissistic personality disorder, and a lot that can be extrapolated for understanding all of humanity and the workings of the psyche with more insight. Worth a read if you have time to invest in really study ...more
Annie Tanasugarn, PhD
An excellent resource for clinicians on understanding, analyzing and interpreting narcissistic traits and behavior. Not an easy read, but worth the effort.
Menoedh
Jun 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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