chapter  20
10 Pages

Review of The Prisonhouse of Psychoanalysis by Arnold Goldberg

Kohut delineated the line of development of idealization from archaic to mature forms. He suggested that on the one end of the continuum there exists the Tausk-influencing-machine-like merger with the untrusted and diabolical other, leading to a frightened avoidance of any connection to such a needed, powerful object. This category does not apply to analysts but, rather, to a certain type of enemy of analysis, a person too fearful of the powerful nature of psychoanalytic ideas to make any connection with them. As a way station to the more mature form of idealization, there is a phase of normal development characterized by an addictive thralldom to the powerful and revered hero, the idealized other who completes the undeveloped, immature self.