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Levine, F.J. (1986). How Does Self Psychology Differ in Practice?. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 67:502-504.

(1986). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 67:502-504

How Does Self Psychology Differ in Practice?

Frederic J. Levine, Ph.D.

Dear Dr Hayley:

In his recent article 'How does self psychology differ in practice?' (1985, Vol. 66, pp. 391–404), Dr Robert Wallerstein cited my paper on the clinical application of self psychology as an 'excellent' example of the 'misplaced (and largely incorrect) emphasis in so many of the critical assessments … of self psychological analytic work'. Although it was kind of Dr Wallerstein to describe it as an 'elegant disquisition', his account of my methods and conclusions contains a number of significant inaccuracies which make the paper appear to have been no more than a trivial exercise in the 'close reading' of case material, and without substance as a critique. I wish to correct these inaccuracies.

1. Dr Wallerstein describes my procedure as follows: First, he says, I outlined the major criticisms of self psychology that had been offered by previous writers. This is correct, but neglects to mention that many of those criticisms were drawn from my own prior publications.

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