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The Search for the Hidden Self: A Fresh Look at Alter Ego Transferences

This chapter represents a fresh attempt to separate the two concepts. It is my contention that although Kohut often used the two terms as if they were synonymous, his clinical illustrations reveal two very different kinds of selfobject experiences. One of these selfobject experiences corresponds to the aforementioned definition of twin while the other corresponds more closely to the definition of alter ego as another aspect of oneself-or, more specifically, as an aspect of oneself that has been disavowed. What is more, with the blurring of the differences in meaning of these two phenomena, a valuable category of selfobject experience has been overlooked.