It will be argued that despite wide differences in theoretical perspectives, there are two dominant trends emerging that cross the theoretical differences that divide schools of psychoanalysis. While these tendencies are not universally shared, they are coming to define a contemporary American psychoanalytic approach. The first, which I call the “Hegelian turn, "is the recognition that the self grows and develops only with another who recognizes the self as a subject.
There can be no self without other and therefore self and world are mutually defining. In this way, psychoanalysis is abandoning its Cartesian roots in favour of a view of the self as being inherently in the world. The second turn, related but separate, which I call the expressivity turn, in its essence consists of the recognition that the self has an inborn need to realize its potential in whatever form that may take.
**NOTE: This presentation is presented via Skype.
Psychotherapy Meets Africa'
7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
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