Developed by Heinz Kohut while at the University of Chicago, self psychology is psychoanalytic at its core. However, there are crucial differences in how the patient-therapist relationship is viewed. In Self Psychology, the therapist uses empathy to gain the patient's trust. Once the patient trusts the therapist, he or she will talk more, thus enabling the therapist to gather more and better information and thus to make more accurate interpretations. Self psychological theory proposes that healthy self-development proceeds from adequate responsiveness of caregivers to the child's vital emotional needs, including alterego needs, idealizing needs, and mirroring needs.
Self Psychology Page
Information and discussion forums related to the psychoanalytic Self Psychology of Heinz Kohut, intersubjective systems theory, and other contemporary developments.
Transactional Analysis Page at Working Minds Philosophy
A collection of links and recommendations of books on the subject.
What Does Heinz Kohut Mean by the Self
Research paper by Rudolf Suesske takes a historical psychological perspective in analyzing Kohut's meaning of the word Self. (English and German)
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