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Marcus, E.R. (1999). Modern Ego Psychology. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 47(3):843-871.

(1999). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 47(3):843-871

Modern Ego Psychology

Eric R. Marcus

This paper reviews the history of ego psychology, describing problems in the theory that have perhaps contributed to subsequent theory development and theoretical splintering. The present status of ego psychology is then described, with a focus on broadly accepted general principles. A proposal/prediction is then made regarding efforts to integrate the main schools and splinter groups. It is argued that the ego's method of synthesizing aspects of experience will help integrate divergent metapsychological viewpoints.

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