He emphasized the independence of ego processes versus drive, and the role of external reality. In his writings there are few clinical observations as he felt that it was important to develop a conceptual framework that illustrated a general theory. Hartmann believed in a conflict-free sphere of the ego, which functions from birth or soon after, that is not the result of drive modification.
Essays on Ego Psychology.
Selected Problems in Psychoanalytic Theory: By Heinz Hartmann, M. International Universities Press, Inc. Welcome to PEP Web!
Viewing the full text of this document requires a subscription to PEP Web. If you are coming in from a university from a registered IP address or secure referral page you should not need to log in.
Contact your university librarian in the event of problems. If you have a personal subscription on your own account or through a Society or Institute please put your username and password in the box below.
Any difficulties should be reported to your group administrator. Once there you need to fill in your email address this must be the email address that PEP has on record for you and click "Send.
If this does not work for you please contact your group organizer. Not already a subscriber? Order a subscription today. Maxwell Gitelson It is one of the impossible tasks: The impact and influence of the papers assembled in this volume have kept them under continuous review as each has appeared.
Beginning with his first great generalization, Hartmann's individual papers and those produced in collaboration with Kris and Loewenstein have compelled attention and study, have evoked criticism, and have stimulated inquiry and research.
In the view of many this work has effected a major extension of the horizons of psychoanalysis toward which they have themselves been impelled to move.
Others have been stimulated to re-examine hard-won positions based on the classical discoveries of Freud. Not all have been convinced, despite the fact that the concepts which Hartmann has developed are rooted in these discoveries and are extensions of Freud's structural theory.
Hartmann was well aware of the difficulties he was facing in attempting to establish grounds for a general psychology of human behavior. In the concluding paragraph of his introductory monograph, Ego Psychology and the Problem of Adaptation, he said: Many of these lengthy—but still incomplete—considerations are not psychoanalytic in a narrow sense, and some of them seem to have taken us quite far from the core of psychoanalysis.
Much of our discussion has been in the nature of a program which must be filled in and made concrete by detailed empirical investigations.
I will agree with you if you should find that I have been one-sided, stressing certain relationships and neglecting others of equal or greater importance—particularly those which usually concern us the most: I will be pleased if you should agree with me that the problem of autonomous ego development, of the structure and rank order of ego functions, of organization, of central regulation, of self-suspension of function, etc.
The full text of the document is available to subscribers.fche lead and gradually assimilating the advances inpsychoanalytic psychology and psychopathology: ego psychology" (1^3).
Excerpt of Hartmann, H., Essays on ego psychology, New York (International Universities Press) ti publication of wri t.
rs. Although there are those who would deny it, the body of psychoanalytic knowledge and theory, particularly in regard to metapsychology and ego psychology, has undergone a profound and significant advance in the last quarter-century.
Essays on Ego Psychology Selected Proble. Heinz Hartmann. Published by INTERNATIONAL UNIV PRESS INC () ISBN X ISBN Used.
Hardcover. Quantity Available: 1. Essays On Ego Psychology: Selected Problems in Psychoanalytic Theory.
HARTMANN, Heinz. Essays on Ego Psychology: Selected Problems in Psycchoanalytic Theory ego interests ego psychology ego's elements emphasized essential experience fact factors field formation formulations genetic Hartmann hypotheses important individual influence insight instinctual drives knowledge Kris later libidinal libido means ment mental processes.
Although there are those who would deny it, the body of psychoanalytic knowledge and theory, particularly in regard to metapsychology and ego psychology, has undergone a profound and significant advance in the last quarter-century.
Another important contributor to the field of Ego Psychology was Heinz Hartmann (–), whose book Ego Psychology and the Problem of Adaptation made explicit the importance of the mind’s capacity for adaptation to external reality.