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Selfobject as Dramatis Personae

Cultivating the Improvisational in Self-Psychological Psychoanalysis


Address for correspondence: Philip A. Ringstrom, PhD, PsyD, 5004 Haskell Avenue, Encino, CA 91436. Voice: +818-906-8408; fax: +818-906-3269.


This chapter discusses the influence of drama in the author's background in conceptualizing psychoanalytic theory and practice. The history of ideas relevant to a dramaturgical analysis from Freud to Kohut's revolution, with additional modifications by relational psychoanalysis, is explored. The author poses a trimodal model of a dramatrugically informed improvisational play in psychoanalytic treatment, with an accompanying case illustration.