A Fresh Look at Psychoanalysis: The View From Self by Arnold I. Goldberg

By Arnold I. Goldberg

Goldberg makes use of the questions posed through self psychology as element of access to a considerate attention of concerns with which each and every clinician wrestles: the clinical prestige research, the relationships between its competing theories, the position of empathy in analytic technique, and where of the "self" within the analyst's explanatory suggestions. scientific chapters exhibit how the thought of the self grants organizing insights into little-appreciated personality constructions.

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29 self development that uses the concept of maturing relationships with selfobjects. It is a holistic theory that posits an overall open system of the self and suggests continuing relationships with one's selfobjects. It likewise places at the center of treatment the development and resolution of the selfobject transferences. Psychoanalysts must come to grips with the ideas of self psychology by testing their utility in the service of explanation. Such an inquiry involves an acquaintance with and understanding of the working through of these selfobject transferences.

Does not mean to condemn the results to the second class status of mere subjective opinion (since it] leaves open all sorts of questions Copyrighted Material 14 CHAPTER 1 about the objective considerations that are available as rational supĀ­ ports for those opinions" (p. 100). But once we recognize the need for objectivity, we return to the problem of the built-in theoretical bias of our observational stance. If we all entered the analytic situation with different theories, then indeed we would be constructing alternative narratives that bear no relation to the real world.

By expanding the area of this data base, we allow the undiscovered to become part of the accepted and agreed upon. The problem that arises in this process of enlargeĀ­ ment of the accepted is the heart of our attitude toward scientific knowledge: that no concept, no idea, no truth is immune to change. The revolutionary discord of Popper must be tempered by the pressures of insisting that we not change everything all at once, and simultaneousĀ­ ly balanced by our recognizing that every theory-neutral bit of knowledge is a candidate for disposal.

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