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Faces in a Cloud: Intersubjectivity in Personality Theory Revised Edition

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In my judgment, the authors have made a strong case for the proposition that the structure of a theorist's metapsychology will duplicate the structure of his subjective world, laid down mainly by the critical formative events of his life. It is a praiseworthy accomplishment. They have done much to clear the air of metapsychological clouds. They have shown new possibilities for psychoanalysis as a strictly clinical theory. All of these steps bring psychoanalytic thought closer to its observational base, closer also to the humanitarian impulse that underlies the helping professions. (Robert W. White, Ph.D. The Psychoanalytic Review)

Faces in a Cloud shows more clearly than anything else I have read the futility of the factionalism that pervades the field of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. (Michael F. Basch, M.D. The Psychoanalytic Review)

This is an important work, both for the psychology of personality and for psychoanalytic theory. The authors establish a broad, 'decentered' perspective . . . whose purpose is to integrate various theories of personality by acknowledging their inevitable subjectivity, and then using that subjectivity to demarcate the limits of each theory. They provide fascinating psychobiographical case studies of Freud, Jung, Reich, and Rank, in which they demonstrate the relation between the internal world of each author and the major preoccupations and motivational principles of each theory. They convincingly argue that the broad metapsychological abstractions in each theory are defensive or reparative reifications of the internal psychodynamics of each theorist. This book raises important issues and questions for readers at all levels. (Stephen A. Mitchell, Ph.D. Library Journal)

About the Author

George E. Atwood, Ph.D., is a core faculty member at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City, and professor of psychology at Rutgers University. Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., is a faculty member and training supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; a core faculty member at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity; an dclinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc.; Revised edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765702002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765702005
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert D. Stolorow, Ph.D., Ph.D. was born in Pontiac, Michigan on November 4, 1942 and lives and works in Santa Monica, California. He is a Founding Faculty Member and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles; a Founding Faculty Member at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York City; and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the author of World, Affectivity, Trauma: Heidegger and Post-Cartesian Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2011) and Trauma and Human Existence: Autobiographical, Psychoanalytic, and Philosophical Reflections (Routledge, 2007) and coauthor of Worlds of Experience: Interweaving Philosophical and Clinical Dimensions in Psychoanalysis (Basic Books, 2002), Working Intersubjectively: Contextualism in Psychoanalytic Practice (Analytic Press, 1997), Contexts of Being: The Intersubjective Foundations of Psychological Life (Analytic Press, 1992), Psychoanalytic Treatment: An Intersubjective Approach (Analytic Press, 1987), Structures of Subjectivity: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Phenomenology and Contextualism (Routledge, 2014[1984]), Psychoanalysis of Developmental Arrests: Theory and Treatment (International Universities Press, 1980), and Faces in a Cloud: Intersubjectivity in Personality Theory (Jason Aronson, 1993[1979], 2nd ed.). He is also coeditor of The Intersubjective Perspective (Jason Aronson, 1994), and has authored or coauthored more than two hundred published articles. For more than three decades, he and his collaborators have been seeking to rethink psychoanalysis as a form of phenomenological inquiry.

After attending its college and graduate school, Dr. Stolorow received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University in 1970, and he earned his Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy from the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, New York City, in 1974. He also received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California at Riverside in 2007. He holds diplomas both in Clinical Psychology and in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and he is a Fellow in the Divisions of Psychoanalysis and Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He received the Distinguished Scientific Award from the Division of Psychoanalysis in 1995, the Haskell Norman Prize for Excellence in Psychoanalysis from the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis in 2011, and the Hans W. Loewald Memorial Award from the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education in 2012.

Website: http://robertdstolorow.googlepages.com

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Atwood and Stolorow clearly connect the metapsychology of Freud, Jung, Rank, and Reich with the most significant and formative experiences of their lives. Their internal worlds reveal themselves ultimately in the theories each man eventually authors. I found reading of these men's early childhood experiences poignant and illuminating, and I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the study of personality theory.
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... rather than just a strictly clinical instrument. A nice examination of different psychotherapeutic orientations through the biographies of their founding fathers.
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This book is one of fascinating insights for every therapist. Although readers will be interested in the way that the some significant psychological and psychoanalytic theories were formed, the great value in this book is the way that we can understand that any of our tightly-held theories are less rational constructs than reactions to how we therapists organise our experience to manage our fragile selves.

Recommended.
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Incredible
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