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Arlow, J.A. (1983). Advances in Self Psychology: Edited by Arnold Goldberg, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1980. 562 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 52:445-452.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:445-452

Advances in Self Psychology: Edited by Arnold Goldberg, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1980. 562 pp.

Review by:
Jacob A. Arlow

This book derives primarily from contributions to a conference on self psychology which took place in Chicago in 1978 under the sponsorship of the Michael Reese Hospital. Of the twenty-seven contributors, all but eight are either from the Chicago area or from the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, which originally was a satellite training center established under the sponsorship of the Chicago Institute. The book essentially expresses the authors' indebtedness to and appreciation of Heinz Kohut for his new psychology of the self. The spirit of the book is unabashedly evangelical, the aspirations apocalyptic.

At this late date, what more can one add to the already voluminous discussion of self psychology? Kohut's books have been widely read and intensively discussed. All the leading psychoanalytic journals have published articles by adherents as well as by critics of his views. The issues, theoretical and technical, have been weighed by some of our most distinguished colleagues. Recently, for example, an entire issue of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association was devoted to the subject of the self.

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