chapter  9
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To free the spirit from its cell

Historically, this chapter marked an important departure for Brandchaft. Honored with the invitation to give the Kohut Memorial Lecture at the annual Self Psychology Conference in 1991, he presented the most integrated statement he had yet produced of the clinical and theoretical understandings he had been honing for a decade. Notably, the address marked a delineation of his views from certain self psychological ideas and practices, as he took up in earnest Kohut’s (1984) proviso, “Even the most convincing conclusions, seemingly self-evident and beyond question, may ultimately come into serious question” (p. 57).