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Pages: 256

Language: English

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (12 Jun. 1999)

By: Philip F. D. Rubovits-Seitz(Author)

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Heinz Kohut was arguably the most influential modern day psychoanalyst. Because current interest in Kohut's work has focused so completely on self psychology, however, certain aspects of Kohut's thinking, in particular his nonreductive synthesis of Freudian theory, are in danger of being lost.

Prior to his development of self psychology, Kohut was a legendary teacher of Freudian theory at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. In this volume, Philip Rubovits-Seitz presents Kohut's previously unavailable lectures from his course on psychoanalytic psychology (prepared in collaboration with Kohut himself) along with an illuminating summary statement on Freudian theory jointly written by Kohut and Rubovits-Seitz.

Rubovits-Seitz continues with his own insightful analysis of Kohut's distinctive approach to Freudian theory. And he concludes by arguing persuasively why Kohut's later contributions should best be viewed as a continuation, rather than an abandonment, of this early vision. Kohut's Freudian Vision not only repairs an outstanding tear in received psychoanalytic history but also challenges self psychologists and contemporary Freudian psychoanalysts alike to renewed reflection.


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  • By Guest on 2 June 2015

    A brilliant reminder of the Kohut's continuity with Freud. Reading modern Kohutians one gets the impression that Kohut made a break with Freud. Rubovitz-Seitz demonstrates that through Kohut's concept of optimal frustration that he continued to develop Freud's model and was able to develop an encompassing context for Freud's drive structural ego psychology as well as his topographic and economic models. Kohut didn't replace Freud but instead extended his findings in a brilliant manner. The lectures and articles contained in this book are clearly written and very accessible.This book is a brilliant antidote to those 'Kohutians' who promote the view that Kohut developed another system from Freud's instead of building on it. Reading these lectures by Kohut on Freud's system one is reminded why he was called 'Mr Psychoanalysis' and why he deserved to keep this title given his extension of Freudian psychoanalysis.

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