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.