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Progress in Self Psychology, V. 12 by Arnold I. Goldberg

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Chapter 9  
Empathy in Broader Perspective: A Technical Approach to the Consequences of the Negative Selfobject in Early Character Formation
Mark J. Gehrie

From the time of his earliest forays into the psychology of the self, Heinz Kohut (1959, 1966, 1971) emphasized the signal importance of empathy, “the mode by which one gathers psychological data about other people” (1966, p. 261), as the primary mode of access into the experiential world of the patient. His emphasis on this concept has had a reverberating effect throughout the analytic world and has been recognized by most analysts as a critical foundation for virtually every analytic intervention, although exactly how it is defined (beyond “vicarious introspection”) has varied ...

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