By Arnold I. Goldberg
The Widening Scope of Self Psychology is a watershed within the self-psychological literature, being a modern reprise on numerous significant medical issues wherein self psychology, from its inception, has articulated its problem to conventional psychoanalytic thinking. the amount opens with unique papers on interpretation via eminent theorists within the self-psychological culture, through a chain of case reviews and clinically grounded commentaries pertaining to problems with intercourse and gender as they input into analysis. considerate reexaminations of the that means and therapy demanding situations of power rage are through scientific papers that spotlight, respectively, on mourning, modify ego transferences, resistance to alter, and pathological identification. utilized analytic contributions and a evaluate of Goldberg's The Prisonhouse of Psychoanalysis round out a suite that testifies not just to the widening scope of self psychology, yet to its deepening insights to boot.
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Wolf Of all the various procedures that in their totality make up the psychoanalytic process, interpretation stands at the most pivotal center. Other aspects of the analytic interaction, such as providing a comfortable, undisturbed analytic setting or creating an appropriate analytic ambience, are, in essence, just preparatory for the moment when the right interpretation will result in a modification of the analysand's psychic life. My definition of interpretation is a very wide one. It includes all those intentional activities of the analyst that in their totality bring about a modification of the analysand's psyche.
One tries to give the patient human assistance, as far as this is allowed by the capacity of one's own personality and by the amount of sympathy that one can feel for the particular case [p. 282–283]. Summarizing, Freud states, “Besides the intellectual motives which we mobilize to overcome the resistance, there is an affective factor, the personal influence of the physician, which we can seldom do without, and in a number of cases the latter alone is in a position to remove resistance” (p. 283).
However, there is little agreement as to which of these is the most important. Perhaps the majority of our colleagues hold that the theoretical commitment of the analyst is the decisive particular that will determine the outcome of the analysis. Others will underline the primary importance of the analyst's attitude toward the analysand, insisting that this orientation toward the patient is mainly determined by the analyst's character and personality. ” Presumably, the training analysis will make the prospective analyst aware of any tendencies that might be inimical to proper analytic functioning and will neutralize those tendencies.