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Pages: 456

Language: English

Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1st Edition edition (1 July 1984)

By: Stephen A Mitchell(Author) Jay T Greenberg(Author)

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Examines the theories of Freud, Sullivan, Fromm, Jacobson, and other psychologists regarding interpersonal relationships.

Presenting the material in admirable clarity, Ýthe authors¨ provide an excellent overview of the major forces in current psychoanalytic theory as well as connecting those forces to sociological and cultural concepts in a creative way. Highly recommended.Presenting the material in admirable clarity, [the authors] provide an excellent overview of the major forces in current psychoanalytic theory as well as connecting those forces to sociological and cultural concepts in a creative way. Highly recommended.We are...fortunate that we have the likes of Greenberg and Mitchell to provide us with a first-class study in comparative psychoanalysis to help us keep our minds open. The authors summarize the contributions of Sigmund Freud, H. S. Sullivan, Erich Fromm, Melanie Klein, W. R. D. Fairbairn, D. W. Winnicott, Harry Guntrip, Heinz Hartmann, Margaret Mahler, Edith Jacobson, Otto Kernberg, Heinz Kohut, and Joseph Sandler, organizing these presentations around the particular visions of object relations each has offered...This is a splendid book for several reasons. Its intent embodies the best attitudes in psychoanalysis, and its execution is very sophisticated and instructive. It certainly deserves your study.--Jeffrey J. Andresen, M.D. "Contemporary Psychiatry "A most valuable contribution to the psychoanalytic literature. The authors have undertaken to review all of the psychoanalytic theories concerning object relationships, comparing and contrasting the 'classical' theory with derivatives of it and the important theories which have arisen in opposition to it...It increases the value of the book to readers at all levels that they have elected to make their reviews of the various theories quite full, so that it is possible really to learn something about each theory in some depth...The authors have considered each position from the point of view of its internal logic, correspondence to the clinical data, and how well it seems to answer the problems which it set out to solve...This is a splendid book.--Adrienne Applegarth "International Journal of Psycho-Analysis "That the neo-Freudians and the British object-relations theorists emphasize relationships is well known. What is not well known, and what constitutes Greenberg and Mitchell's special contribution, is the idea that accounting for relationships may be a defining task of all psychoanalytic theorizing and that the various theories can usefully be categorized, contrasted, and understood in terms of their particular strategies for doing so...Greenberg and Mitchell's book provides access to this difficult literature. Their discussions of the various psychoanalytic theories are scholarly, convincing, and packed with clever connections and intriguing observations...[The book] provides a long-sought path through the thicket of psychoanalytic writing.--Daniel B. Wile "Contemporary Psychology "

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  • By RM on 26 October 2007

    As a psychotherapist I find myself coming back to this book, time after time. It's like you have to learn a bit of theory, forget about it while you improve your practice, realize your limitations, and study the some thing for new meanings and anchoring your knowledge. This book is one of the best for reframing you in the theory and helping you to figure out what's the best place to look for the extra knowledge you're lacking. The main theories covered are those by Freud, Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, Guntrip, Hartmenn, Mahler, Jacobson, Kerneberg, Kohut and J. Sandler. Another good reference that I like and tend to use a lot is the Nancy McWilliams' book "Psychoanalytic Diagnosis". If you are a therapist, you should have both in your library. But if you're not a professional or student, look elsewhere....

  • By sanyata on 17 August 2011

    read the first 250 pages along with a psychologist friendi have nothing against object relations i think its a worthwhile theoryand i still wish to learn morebut this book wasn't for us - after 250 pages we were still largely mulling over historical overviews and only the broadest of tendencies. little to no info on what these lines mean for the psyche or how these theories play out in the patient's (or practitioner's) interpersonal relationsso its quite possible that the book gets radically better after page 250. but up until then we didnt get much out of this book.i should state that i have nothing against histories of psychology - ive read millon's "masters of the mind" and liked it. perhaps this book was written for another litterary age.

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