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Miller, J.P., Jr. (1988). Chapter 5 Reflections on Integration of Theories: Kohut's Views on Integration. Progress in Self Psychology, 4:79-84.

(1988). Progress in Self Psychology, 4:79-84

Chapter 5 Reflections on Integration of Theories: Kohut's Views on Integration Related Papers

Jule P. Miller, Jr., M.D.

Morton and Estelle Shane and Stolorow outline two differing but valuable approaches to the integration of self psychology and classical psychoanalysis.

The Shanes' approach is similar to that of Kohut: they would integrate the two views by combining, in various ways, parts of the self psychology and classical models. As Lachmann mentioned earlier, this is a mixed-models approach. Stolorow rejects this approach on the grounds that the conceptualizations involved in the two systems are incompatible. He then develops a different and promising approach to integration aimed, in part, at avoiding conceptual incompatibility.

But are the arguments compelling? And must we therefore abandon the mixed-model approach? I think not, especially if we are willing to tolerate a degree of conceptual difficulty as our work proceeds—a departure from ideal theoretical fit that often accompanies creative work—for example, the work of Kohut and the work of Freud.

Stolorow's objections are illustrative of other, comparable positions in the literature.

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