Self and Motivational Systems: Towards A Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique

1st Edition

Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Frank M. Lachmann, James L. Fosshage

Routledge
Published July 1, 2001
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780881633597 - CAT# ER6040
Series: Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series

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Summary

In this sequel to Lichtenberg's Psychoanalysis and Motivation (TAP, 1989), the authors show how their revised theory of motivation provides the foundation for a new approach to psychoanalytic technique.  The approach in Self and Motivational Systemsemphasizes a finely honed sensitivity to moment-to-moment analytic exchanges and an appreciation of which motivational system is dominant during that exchange. Throughout, the authors stress the creative power of psychoanalysis as a joint effort shaped by the intersubjective context of a particular analysand communicating and interacting with a particular analyst. At the heart of the analytic relationship is the analysand's expectation of evoking a vitalizing selfobject experience from the analyst and the analyst's expectation, in turn, of evoking a selfobject experience of efficacy from his or her work with the analysand.

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