Empirical Perspectives on Object Relations Theory
This book traverses the bridge between psychoanalysis and other areas of psychology that is provided by object relations theory. It illustrates how object relations theory can be operationalized, tested empirically, and updated on the basis of the relevant studies. It offers valuable summaries of cutting-edge research in object relations theory, including specific recommendations for application to psychotherapy.
The book reports recent research on the adaptive and maladaptive consequences of the experience of shame and guilt and presents provocative findings on self-concept and self-representation. Empirical studies of ego identity status in adolescents demonstrate that psychoanalytic ideas can generate testable hypotheses ultimately leading to novel theoretical frameworks. The book reports on pioneering work in extending infant caregiver attachment theory to adult romantic attachment and reviews studies that assess social, cognitive, and psychodynamic models of transference.
This is a unique resource for clinicians and researchers interested in psychoanalysis and object relations theory.
This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1994 hardcover edition.
List of Contributors
—David E. Scharff
Introduction: From the Consulting Room to the Laboratory: Clinical Evidence, Empirical Evidence, and the Heuristic Value of Object Relations Theory
—Robert F. Bornstein and Joseph M. Masling
- The Mixed Legacy of the Superego: Adaptive and Maladaptive Aspects of Shame and Guilt
—June Price Tangney
- Studies in Self-Representation Beyond Childhood
—Gene Bocknek and Frank Perna
- Ego Identity and Object Relations
—James E. Marcia
- The Psychodynamics of Adult Romantic Attachment
—Phillip R. Shaver and Catherine L. Clark
- Social–Cognitive and Narrative Perspectives on Transference
—Jefferson A. Singer and Jerome L. Singer
- Studies in the Creative Process: An Empirical Investigation
About the Editors
Joseph M. Masling is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio State University in 1952; he was director of clinical training at Syracuse University (1959–1964) and chairperson of the Psychology Department of SUNY–Buffalo (1969–1972). Masling has written numerous articles on interpersonal and situational variables influencing projective tests and has published widely on the empirical study of psychoanalytic concepts. He edited the first three volumes of the series Empirical Studies of Psychoanalytic Theories (1983, 1986, 1990) and coedited (with Robert F. Bornstein) Volume 4, Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Psychopathology (1993).
Robert F. Bornstein is Associate Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986. Bornstein has written many articles on perception without awareness and has published extensively on the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of dependent personality traits. He edited Perception Without Awareness: Cognitive, Clinical and Social Perspectives (1992), coedited (with Joseph M. Masling) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Psychopathology (1993), and is the author of The Dependent Personality (1993), a comprehensive review of the empirical literature on dependency.