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Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology


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The Origins of Object Relations Theories. The Work of W. R. D. Fairbairn and Harry Guntrip. The Work of Melanie Klein. The Work of D. W. Winnicott. The Work of Otto Kernberg. The Work of Heinz Kohut. The Interpersonalists. An Object Relations Paradigm for Psychoanalysis.

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Frank Summers, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, is a training and supervising analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Medical School. A member of the faculties of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute, Dr. Summers maintains a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy in Chicago, IL.


"Summers' talent as a writer is considerable, and given the density and complexity of the material, hes work is quite readable, while also maintaining a high level of theoretical and clinical sophistication. In addition to his integrative introductory and concluding chapters, Summers explores in fine detail the work of Ronald Fairbairn and Harry Guntrip, Melanie Klein, D. W. Winnicott, Otto Kernberg, Heinz Kohut, and the interpersonal school...a carefully researched, very thoughtful, and highly intelligent in-depth study of a variety of perspectives...a volume that took considerable thought and an enormous effort to compile."

- Irwin Hirsch, Ph.D., JAPA

"[Summers] presents a detailed survey of major theorists and their adherents (Klein, Fairbairn, Guntrip, Winnicott, Kernberg, and Kohut), and compares their theories with each other and with those of Jacobson, Mahler, Bowlby, Harry Stack Sullivan and Levenson, Greenberg and Mitchell, and Gill and Hoffman. . . . For psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists seeking greater familiarity with contemporary object relations theories that might improve therapeutic effectiveness, this book is essential reading."

- Stanford R. Gamm, Readings

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