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Malin, A. (2002). From Ego to Self. Psychoanal. Inq., 22(1):144-162.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 22(1):144-162

From Ego to Self

Arthur Malin, M.D.

Each individual analyst has a unique way of evolving and developing over the years, in theory and in style of working with analysands. Different environmental conditions as well as one's personal inner life are significant influences. My analytic journey started in 1950 in Los Angeles and the turmoil of the psychoanalytic institutes had a significant impact on me. Often difficulties in the institutes were said to be about theory and ideas in psychoanalysis, but power issues were always present. The American Psychoanalytic Association was also involved in these matters with their attitude on “correct” theory. This paper discusses the interplay of these events and other aspects of my own evolution—from ego to self.

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