By Arnold I. Goldberg
Goldberg makes use of the questions posed via self psychology as element of access to a considerate attention of matters with which each and every clinician wrestles: the medical prestige research, the relationships between its competing theories, the position of empathy in analytic strategy, and where of the "self" within the analyst's explanatory options. scientific chapters convey how the suggestion of the self grants organizing insights into little-appreciated personality buildings.
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This cluster theory of theories allows for a diversity of positions that need not share any common fundamental structure. It is an unhappy resolution for many scientists who dislike the ad hoc application of theories and who feel such freedom of theory erodes the status of a science. Thus it is no surprise to note how a third, or compromise, position has emerged. The compromise between diversity and unity has to do with carv ing out a family of connected and similar theories that overlap in some areas and separate in others.
Such severe stances, which liken self psychology to a cult or claim it to be some sort of gratification exercise, are probably best classified as unscien tific efforts that are, fortunately or otherwise, themselves capable of being understood only by a self-psychological approach. But leaving these exaggerated poles aside, I offer these three positions as being at the heart of the controversy. Now initially I want to sidestep these·different stances to say a few more words about theories in general since the three positions of both/and, either/or, or entirely one are essentially three different clinical theories.
The first has to do with the acceptable set of theories of the scientific community, and these derive from the empirical studies that we noted earlier. We subscribe to certain beliefs, for example, about development, and these constrain and direct our inquiry. Therefore, not only is it not true that "anything goes," but in truth very little goes, because the range of creative ideas in psychoanalysis is not very impressive. Hermeneutics insists that we be aware of what we bring to the consulting room, and that is part of the basic system of every school of psychoanalysis.
A Fresh Look at Psychoanalysis: The View From Self Psychology by Arnold I. Goldberg