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Feldman, E.F. (2009). Marian Tolpin as a Psychoanalytic Writer. Int. J. Psychoanal. Self Psychol., 4S(Supplement):44-46.

(2009). International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 4S(Supplement):44-46

Marian Tolpin as a Psychoanalytic Writer

Elizabeth F. Feldman, Ph.D.


Iwould like to share a few observations about my experience with Marian Tolpin as a psychoanalytic writer. By 2004, Marian was getting more serious about writing a casebook to further define the theory of the forward edge and illustrate its clinical applications. Marian had been part of a group that produced a casebook based on Kohut's emerging ideas in the mid 1970s. She believed this format could similarly present an important contemporary extension of self psychology—the forward edge, the transference of health, and the total transference (in her thinking, both forward and trailing edges of the transference and the intermediate areas). She wanted interested collaborators for her project, and asked Paula Fuqua and me to work with her on this new casebook. Although the casebook itself did not progress past the beginning stages, conversations abut the project did provide opportunities to discuss Marian's ideas about psychoanalytic writing.

This brings me to my first observation: Marian organized “top-down” for publication—that is, she drew on her impressive knowledge of psychoanalytic theory to ground her writing conceptually. However, she developed her ideas “bottom-up”—inductively.

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