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Why Self Psychology Is Not an Object Relations Theory: Clinical and Theoretical Considerations

There are many creative and fruitful ways to survey the entire field of psychoanalysis and account for similarities and differences in its various paradigms. One such recent, informative, and challenging study by Greenberg and Mitchell (1983) encompassed the field in terms of its basic models: (1) the drive structure model; (2) the relational structure model; and (3) the mixed model. Greenberg and Mitchell's approach led them to examine the essential features of each psychoanalytic model and the model's clinical implications. They also made an in-depth comparison and contrast of all significant parameters of each basic model. By focusing on the main characteristics of each model, they were able to capture fundamental similarities and differences in the major competing theories.