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Self and Systems

Edited by Edited by Nancy VanDerHeide and William J. Coburn (Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California)
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Self and Systems

Published: April 2009

Volume 1159

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Current trends in psychoanalytic self psychology have radically changed the face of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy by paving the way for innovative thinking, elaborating psychoanalytic theory, and linking therapeutic growth to neuroscience, philosophy, the arts, and other associated disciplines. Psychoanalytic self psychology is supported by, and inextricably linked to, current findings in the areas of attachment theory and infant research. The volume Self and Systems: Explorations in Contemporary Self Psychology illuminates the major concepts of self psychology and their significance to the behavioral sciences, and elaborates on our contemporary understanding of the interface among brain structure, mind, and consciousness. The volume also reflects the wide diversity of perspectives in the field and the unique ways each theorist has arrived at his or her own point of view. Contemporary views in self psychology open new vistas onto the landscape of human behavior, ranging from the requisites for optimal development throughout a human life to the impact of profound trauma on the mind and amelioration of such trauma.