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In his foundational work The Restoration of the Self, noted psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut boldly challenges what he called “the limits of classical analytic theory” and the Freudian orthodoxy. Here Kohut proposes a “psychology of the self” as a theory in its own right—one that can stand beside the teachings of Freud and Jung.

Using clinical data, Kohut explores issues such as t
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by University of Chicago Press (first published December 1st 1973)
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Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
To begin with, this was not an easy read. It contains, though, ample food for thought.
Heinz Kohut offers an alternative to Freud's psychology of drives. In Kohut's theory, the individual is not a helpless subject of her or his drives. Kohut acknowledges the influence of the individual's relations with others on the structure of the self. This intended marriage of psychoanalysis and social factors seems very promising.
Kohut discusses the dynamics of a fragmented and crumbling self with referenc
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though, unfortunately, this book has the same problem of tortuously wordy, long sentence constructions that I found in Kohut's 'Analysis of the Self', I still found much insight in it for understanding the inner workings of the mind. The 'bipolar self', in which we find the need for mirroring of grandiosity on one side, and the need for an idealized parent on the other, is something I find interesting in how it further develops the psychoanalytic view of the personality as relational, involving ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kohut at his best. Inspiring and Aspirational to all those curious about the development of an authentic self or working in the field of psychiatry/psychoanalysis fed up with cookie cutter definitions of mindfulness and workbooks offering wellness. Whether you like, love or critique him 9I have done all three at various points) this particular volume will leave one clear his capacity to articulate what it is to know being whole.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sadece içindeki iddialar için değil, bu iddiaların nasıl ortaya konulduğunu anlamak için de okunmalı, bir bilim felsefesi nosyonunun psikanalize uygulanışı var burda. Feminist psikanalizden şizoid psikanalize epistemolojik temelleri sallanan bir dolu ne idüğü belirsiz akıma karşılık Kohut bir modelin nasıl kurulacağına ilişkin ne yaptığını çok iyi biliyor. Ne düşündüğün kadar nasıl düşündüğün de önemli.

İçindeki argümanlarsa yıllardır tartışılsa da Kohut’un da dediği gibi Kendilik Psikolojisi kla
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Since the main ideas were fairly easy to grasp, I found this a bit repetitive. Kohut zeroes in on "narcissistic personality disorders," meaning that the analysands are not "too narcissistic" but that they lack healthy narcissism, their selves dissolving into fragments. His theories about an early lack of empathic fusion with self-objects that could structure the self as a center of initiative, composed of ambitions and ideals, are interesting, but somehow a little too pat. Kohut seems to have do ...more
Not nearly as groundbreaking or interesting as Kohut's earlier 'Analysis of the Self'.
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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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