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Schwaber, E. (1979). On the 'Self' Within the Matrix of Analytic Theory—Some Clinical Reflections and Reconsiderations. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 60:467-479.

(1979). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 60:467-479

On the 'Self' Within the Matrix of Analytic Theory—Some Clinical Reflections and Reconsiderations

Evelyne Schwaber


This paper attempts to consider how the emergence of new viewpoints on the theoretical understanding of the 'self' as a psychic phenomenon will reflect important nuances for analytic listening and necessitate some fundamental theoretical reconsiderations. Kohut's formulations are highlighted as having made a unique impact in these areas. Shifting dimensions of analytic listening, bearing on the conceptualization of the meaning of 'empathy', may permit more subtle elucidation of a developmental ontogeny of the 'self', viewed in its creative, maturational, as well as pathological lights. Striking parallels with current directions in infancy research suggest that a special bonus of such exploration may be the offer of a bridge between the fields of analytic and infant observation.

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