The Analysis of the Self A Systematic Approach to the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorders
by Heinz Kohut
University of Chicago Press, 2009
Paper: 978-0-226-45012-4 | Electronic: 978-0-226-45014-8
DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450148.001.0001
ABOUT THIS BOOKAUTHOR BIOGRAPHYTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Psychoanalyst, teacher, and scholar, Heinz Kohut was one of the twentieth century's most important intellectuals. A rebel according to many mainstream psychoanalysts, Kohut challenged Freudian orthodoxy and the medical control of psychoanalysis in America. In his highly influential book The Analysis of the Self, Kohut established the industry standard of the treatment of personality disorders for a generation of analysts. This volume, best known for its groundbreaking analysis of narcissism, is essential reading for scholars and practitioners seeking to understand human personality in its many incarnations.
 

“Kohut has done for narcissism what the novelist Charles Dickens did for poverty in the nineteenth century. Everyone always knew that both existed and were a problem. . . . The undoubted originality is to have put it together in a form which carries appeal to action.”—International Journal of Psychoanalysis

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Heinz Kohut (1913–81) was professorial lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Chicago and president of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author of many books, including How Does Analysis Cure? and The Curve of Life, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Preface

1. Introductory Considerations

Part I: The Therapeutic Activation of the Omnipotent Object

2. The Idealizing Transference

3. A Clinical Illustration of Idealizing Transference

4. Clinical and Therapeutic Aspects of the Idealizing Transference

Part II: The Therapeutic Activation of the Grandiose Self

5. Types of Mirror Transferences: A Classification According to Developmental Considerations

6. Types of Mirror Transferences: A Classification According to Genetic-Dynamic Considerations

7. The Therapeutic Process in the Mirror Transferences

Part III: Clinical an Technical Problems in the Narcissistic Transferences

8. General Remarks about Narcissistic Transferences

9. Clinical Illustration of the Narcissistic Transferences

10. Some Reactions of the Analyst to the Idealizing Transference

11. Some Reactions of the Analysist to the Mirror Transferences

12. Some Therapeutic Transformations in the Analysis of Narcissistic Personalities

Bibliography

Concordance of Cases

Index