Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process

Pages: 391
Item #: 431648A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-733-4
List Price: $49.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Publication Date: 2001
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

The concept of self for many psychotherapists has alluring appeal that conceals a haunting paradox. Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process examines the root of this paradox: How can therapy that is predicated on the notion of the self as firmly bound and highly individuated succeed when this concept is being challenged by the postmodern view of the self as much more fluid and complex? If we accept that the self is an ever-changing social and historical construction, how do we alter our approach to understanding disorder and change?

In this ground-breaking volume, prominent scholars examine the major tenets of postmodernism and apply them to the process of psychotherapy practice. Clinicians from a variety of orientations, including psychoanalytic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral, scrutinize such concepts as multiplicity, social constructionism, intersubjectivity, deconstruction, and contextualism in light of the day-to-day challenges that must be resolved by therapists. The contributors also converse through commentary. The result is a lively dialogue and a provocative example of how theory continues to shape and enrich the practice of psychotherapy.

Table of Contents




  1. An Introduction: Contemporary Constructions and Contexts
    —J. Christopher Muran

  2. Towards a Theory of the Self
    —Sheldon Bach
    • Comment: Self-Observation and Subjective Self-Experiences
      — Mardi J. Horowitz
  3. Configurational Analysis of the Self: A States of Mind Approach
    —Mardi J. Horowitz
    • Comment: Researchable States of Mind
      — Sheldon Bach
  4. The Self as a Singular Multiplicity: A Process–Experiential Perspective
    —William Whelton and Leslie Greenberg
    • Comment: E Pluribus Unum
      — Stuart Pitzer
  5. The Capacity to Tolerate Paradox: Bridging Multiplicity Within the Self
    —Stuart Pitzer
    • Comment: Dialectional Synthesis Rather Than a Paradox
      — Leslie S. Greenberg and William J. Whelton
  6. Intersubjectivity in the Analytic Situation
    —Lewis Aron
    • Comment: Subjects and Objects
      — Jeremy D. Safran
  7. The Therapeutic Alliance as a Process of Intersubjective Negotiation
    —Jeremy D. Safran and J. Christopher Muran
    • Comment: The Therapeutic Alliance, the Dyad, and the Relational Triad
      — Lewis Aron
  8. Understanding and Treating the Postmodern Self
    —Stanley Messer and C. Seth Warren
    • Comment: A Tale of the Three Selves
      — Muriel Dimen
  9. Deconstructing Difference: Gender, Splitting, and Transitional Space
    —Muriel Dimen
    • Comment: Self, Gender, and the Transitional Space
      — C. Seth Warren and Stanley Messer
  10. The Cognitive Self in Basic Science, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy
    —Timothy Strauman and Zindel Segal
    • Comment: Comparing and Contrasting the Cognitive and Interpersonal Selves
      — William P. Henry
  11. Defining the Self in an Interpersonal Context
    —William P. Henry
    • Comment: What's Interpersonal Is Cognitive and What's Cognitive Is Interpersonal
      — Timothy Strauman and Zindel Segal
  12. Functional Contextualism and the Self
    —Steven Hayes and Jennifer Gregg
    • Comment: Contextualizing "Functional Contextualism and the Self"
      — Barry Protter
  13. Knowing the Self in Psychotherapy: Towards a Postmodern Integrative Approach
    —Barry Protter
    • Comment: Postmodernism and the Goals of Scientific Analysis
      — Steven Hayes and Jennifer Gregg
  14. On a Final Note: Meditations on "Both/And"
    —J. Christopher Muran


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