of history at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University
of New York, Charles
B. Strozier, AM'67, PhD'71, is also a training and
supervising psychoanalyst at the Training and Research Institute
for Self Psychology. Both sets of skills come into play in his
new biography, Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
1939 Heinz Kohut (1913-1981) fled to the U.S. from Austria, where
he had trained as a physician. He would spend the rest of his
life in Hyde Park, leading the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis
and teaching at the U of C. Responding to what he saw as limitations
in classical psychoanalysis, Kohut developed his own theories.
More empathetic and relational than the Freudian model, self psychology-explained
in The Analysis of the Self (1971)-would change the course
of American psychoanalysis.
of Lincoln's Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings (1982,
2001) and Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in
America (1994), Strozier analyzes Heinz Kohut's work and life
in telling detail. -