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

The New World of Self is a brilliant, indeed decisive, book in the field. The interweaving of clinical material, theory, biographical vignettes, and historical settings is so masterful that it makes the book compellingly readable. I leap for joy that we finally have an excellent secondary text on Kohut’s extraordinary transformation of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and our whole way of thinking about human life.