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Miller, J.P. Post, S.L. (1990). Prologue. Psychoanal. Inq., 10(4):459-460.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 10(4):459-460


Jule P. Miller, M.D. and Stephen L. Post, M.D.

Agreat deal of interest was stimulated by a previous issue of Psychoanalytic Inquiry (Vol. 7) entitled “Models of the Mind: Perspectives on a Clinical Study.” For that inquiry, prominent analysts representing various schools of thought were asked to examine the process notes of analytic sessions conducted by an established analyst with a traditional orientation.

The present issue is a continuation of that study using a different analytic perspective. The clinical material consists of four consecutive analytic sessions conducted by an established analyst working from a self psychological orientation. We are very fortunate that James L. Fosshage, Ph.D., has been willing to contribute the clinical protocol. Dr. Fosshage is a member of the National Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and is widely respected by his fellow self psychologists for his capacities as a clinician, teacher, and researcher. Our contributors, each selected because he or she was a distinguished exemplar of an important position in psychoanalysis, prepared their discussions independently.

Our invitation to our contributors was similar to that given the contributors to the earlier study: examine the clinical material, describe their understanding of it from their particular perspectives, and indicate the kinds of interventions and technical approaches that might follow from that understanding. Such a format probably tends to emphasize differences more than similarities among the various contributors, as well as between the commentators and the reporting analyst.

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