The evolution of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy has been marked by an increasing disconnect between theory and technique. This book re-establishes a bridge between the two. In presenting a clear explanation of modern psychodynamic theory and concepts, and an abundance of clinical illustrations, Brodie shows how every aspect of psychodynamic therapy is determined by current psychodynamic theory.

In Object Relations and Intersubjective Theories in the Practice of Psychotherapy, Brodie uses the theoretical foundation of the work of object relations theorist D.W. Winnicott, showing how each of his developmental concepts have clear implications for psychodynamic treatment, and builds on the contributions of current intersubjective theorists Thomas Ogden and Jessica Benjamin. Added to this is Brodie’s vast array of clinical material, ranging from delinquent adolescents to high-functioning adults, and drawing on nearly 40 years of experience in psychotherapy. These contributions are fresh and original, and crucially demonstrate how clinical technique is informed by theory and how theory can be illuminated by clinical material.

Written with clarity and detail, this book will appeal to graduate students in psychology and psychotherapy, medical residents in psychiatry, and young, practicing psychotherapists who wish to fully explore why psychotherapists do what they do, and the dialectical relationship between theory and technique that informs their work.

chapter |15 pages


part Part I|68 pages

The psychological birth of the infant

chapter 1|15 pages

The holding environment

chapter 2|9 pages

The mirroring role of the mother

chapter 3|12 pages

The mother-infant unit

chapter 4|30 pages

Potential space and transitional objects

part Part II|84 pages

The paranoid-schizoid position and internal objects

chapter 5|38 pages

The paranoid-schizoid position

Splitting and “as if” thinking

chapter 6|16 pages

The paranoid-schizoid position

Object Relations Units

chapter 8|21 pages

Resistance and holding onto bad objects

part Part III|114 pages

The depressive position, intersubjectivity, and the discovery of external objects

chapter 9|17 pages

The psychological “third”

chapter 11|13 pages

The use and destruction of the object

chapter 12|12 pages


chapter 13|16 pages


chapter 14|9 pages


chapter 15|12 pages


chapter 16|20 pages

Depressive position struggles

The False Self