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  Reading Group commencing April 23rd 2023
at 5pm AEST


Empathink Association of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology

Reading Group commencing April 23rd 2023 at 5pm AEST


ALL welcome! 

You are invited to join stimulating reading and discussion of Dr Ron Lee et al’s 2009 definitive text on the 5 Kohutian postulates. We are privileged to have one of the co-authors chair some of the chapter discussions.


‘Starting with psychotherapy as being a 'science of the unique' Lee et al use the philosophical ideas of Imre Lakatos in explaining how four auxiliary postulates organize around a central postulate of empathy in Heinz Kohut's self-psychology.

In keeping with Lakatos's idea that the most valuable scientific theory is regenerative, let's go on a journey exploring and understanding how self-psychology offers a transformative approach in doing psychotherapy in our modern world.’



A reading each month, beginning Sunday April 23rd 2023 at 5.00 pm AEST will commence and each month we will read a chapter of :


Lee, R., Rountree, A., & McMahon, S. (2009), 

Five Kohutian Postulates: Psychotherapy Theory from an Empathic Perspective. New York      Aronson.   

(this book is available for purchase for $40.00 plus post from HERE),


with a led discussion comparing each chapter to commentary, elaborations , confirmations and extensions of the postulates in :


Strozier C., Kelly K., Pinteris K.,& Cher D., (2022) 

The New World of Self- Heinz Kohut’s Transformation of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. 

 U.S.A. Oxford University Press.

(excerpts will be provided. Or the entire book may be purchased: $95.99 AU

(cost changes with exchange rate to $US)


Subsequent dates for 2023 are:

21/5,18/6, 23/7, 8/10 and 5/11/23.



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