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Teicholz, J.G. (2008). Plurality Versus Loyalty to Self Psychology: A False Choice?. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 3(2):240-243.

(2008). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 3(2):240-243

Plurality Versus Loyalty to Self Psychology: A False Choice?

Judith Guss Teicholz, ED.D.

Will our patients be best served if we, as analysts, are guided by loyalty to a single theory?—or better served if we sometimes bring other approaches into play in response to the unpredictable turns in any treatment as it moves along, gets stuck, and moves along again? This has been raised by Coburn (2006), and again by Pickles and Shane (2007a, b) in two issues of Psychoanalytic Inquiry in which Pickles presents her treatment of a severely traumatized patient, with discussions by 10 other analysts.

Pickles and Shane (2007b) assume that “informed variety affords the clinician flexibility and responsible choice” (p. 1). But recognizing that not all analyst-patient pairs thrive on multiplicity, they conclude “that while one theory does not fit everyone, one way of holding theory does not fit everyone either” (p. 1).

I share Pickles and Shane's (2007b) assumption concerning clinician flexibility and responsible choice (Teicholz, 2006c) but also admire those who feel that a self psychological approach is all that is ever needed with any patient.

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