Chuck Strozier Books

Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

Kohut’s “self psychology” re-imagined psychanalysis as a theory and practice based on empathy. Many had flailed at the stout walls of classical ego psychology. It took someone from the inside, a man who at first had firmly embraced orthodoxy, to think things from the ground up,

 

“This impeccably researched book, written in a clear elegant style that clarifies even complicated ideas carries us along like an exciting novel.”

– Sophie Freud, American Journal of Psychotherapy

Freud’s extraordinary understanding of mind emerged in a particular culture and stage of knowledge. Adventuring beyond, into the new intellectual territory of uncertainty and complexity, has seen psychoanalytic dead ends and promising paths that petered out. Strozier, who knew Kohut well, has with his colleagues in this essential guidebook, produced a persuasive case for Kohut’s insights, but more than that, a valuable intellectual sextant for the next generation of navigators of the human soul.