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Kohut's method of interpretation: a critique.
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PMID:  3069888     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To cope with the obscure, complexly overdetermined, and unstable nature of unconscious meanings, Freud developed a pluralistic methodology that employs a wide variety of interpretive strategies and procedures. Conversely, Kohut proposed a radically abbreviated interpretive approach based on the single, subjective method of empathy. This report reevaluates Kohut's monistic interpretive methodology: (1) The principal features of Kohut's interpretive method are reviewed and evaluated. (2) Case material and interpretations from Kohut's final book are used to compare his unidimensional approach with the pluralistic methodology of traditional interpretation. (3) The epistemologic liabilities of Kohut's interpretive method are delineated and discussed. (4) Methodologically more appropriate strategies for improving clinical interpretation are presented.
P Rubovits-Seitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0003-0651     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Psychoanal Assoc     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-04-24     Completed Date:  1989-04-24     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505579     Medline TA:  J Am Psychoanal Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  933-59     Citation Subset:  IM    
George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
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MeSH Terms
Personality Development
Psychoanalytic Interpretation*
Psychoanalytic Theory
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*

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