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Course Title: Introduction to Self Psychology: Theory
Instructor: George Hagman, LCSW
March 10: Overview of Kohut’s Self Psychology
LESSEM, P.A. (2005). The reformulation of the concept of narcissism. In Self Psychology: An Introduction. Aronson, pp. 11-23.

KOHUT, H. (1979). Disorders of the Self and Their Treatment: An Outline, IJPA 59: 413-425.


March 17: Selfobject Experience.

LESSEM, P.A. (2005). The self and selfobject concepts. In Self Psychology: An introduction. Aronson. Pp. 26-50.

LITCHTENBERG, J., LACHMAN, & FOSSHAGE, J. (1992). The selfobject experience. In Self and Motivational Systems: Towards a Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique. Pp. 122-148.
March 24: Vulnerability, Shame and Narcissistic Rage
LESSEM, P.A. (2004). Self Psychology’s view of aggression. In Self Psychology: An Introduction. Aronson, Pp. 196-204.

KOHUT, H. (1972). Thoughts on narcissism and narcissistic range. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. 27: 360-400.


March 31: Affects and Self Objects
LESSEM, P.A. (2005) Disturbances and disorders of self experience. In Self Psychology: An Introduction. Aronson. Pp 96-116/

STOLOROW, R., ATWOOD, G. & BRANDCHAFT, B. (1987). Affects and selfobjects. In Psychoanalytic Treatment: An Intersubjective Approach. The Analytic Press: Hillsdale, N.J.


April 7: Severe Personality Disorders and Psychotic States
ADLER, G. (1989). The uses and limitations of Kohut’s Self Psychology in the treatment of Borderline patients. JAPA, 37: 761-785.

ORANGE, D., ATWOOD, G. & STOLOROW, R. (1997). Contexts of non-being: Varieties of the Experience of personal annihilation. In Working Intersubjectivity: Contextualism in Psychoanalytic Practice. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press. Pp. 45-66.


April 14: Infant Research and Intersubjectivity
LESSEM, P.A. (2005) Intersubjectivity. In Self Psychology: An Introductions. Aronson. Pp. 169-181.

BEEBE, B. & LACHMANN, F. (2002). Three principles of salience. In Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-constructing Interactions. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, pp.185-208.



April 21: Couples
SHADDOCK, D. (2000). Hopes, Needs and Disappointments; The Selfobject dimensions of couples experience. In Contexts and Connections: An Intersubjective approach to Couples Therapy.
April 28: Addiction
ULMAN, R. & PAUL, H. (1989). A self-psychological theory and approach to treating substance abuse disorders: The “intersubjective absorption” hypothesis. In A. Goldberg, (ed), Dimensions of Self Experience: Progress in Self Psychology, Volume 5. Hillsdale, NJ, Analytic Press, 121-141.
May 5: Trauma
BRONBERG, P. (2006). “Something wicked this way comes:” Where psychoanalysis, cognitive science, and neuroscience overlap. In Awakening the Dreamer: Clinical Journeys. Hillsdale, NJ. Analytic Press, Pp 174-202.
ULMAN, R. & BROTHERS, D. (1988). A Self Psychological Approach to the Analytic Therapy of the Trauma Patient. Chapter 6, The Shattered Self. The Analytic Press.
May 12: Mourning and Bereavement
HAGMAN, G. (2001). Beyond decathexis: Towards a new psychoanalytic Understanding and treatment of mourning. In Niemeyer, R. (ed.), Meaning Reconstructing and the Experience of Loss. Washington, D.C.: APA Press.
May 19: New Directions
SHORE, A. (2002). Advances in neuropsychoanalysis, attachment theory, and trauma research: Implications of self psychology. In Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self. Norton: New York.


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