By the end of this module you should be able to identify and
explain key concepts and theories of self-psychology, including
those relating to:
You will also improve your self-reflection skills in relation to
the above concepts.
NB: There is a modern psychoanalytic theory
conceived by Heinz Kohut in the latter half of the 20th century
called 'self psychology'. This module does not refer to this theory
but rather to the ideas discussed above.
Self-psychology is a fast-evolving field of interest with
profound relevance to modern day psychiatric practice.
Difficulties in the areas of self-concept, self-image,
self-esteem, self-recognition and personal identity present
themselves across a wide range of clinical conditions. We are
uniquely placed as psychiatrists to help patients explore and
resolve these complex and distressing issues, which may strike
right through to the core of the self. We are also in the fortunate
position of being able to investigate our own 'selves' as
therapeutic tools and agents of change within our work.
Our role involves exploring and supporting the individual's
life, incorporating all areas of the self – from the disturbed
self-image of body dysmorphia through to the polarised self-worth
of bipolar affective disorder and the changing roles that come with
Throughout this module you will find concise and
thought-provoking content spanning the wide topic of
self-psychology, interspersed with invitations to explore your own
ideas around 'self' and to test your new-found knowledge with
practice examination questions.
We recommend that you make some notes as you work through
The 'TrOn Notebook' facility can be accessed
throughout the module (allowing you to make notes on each page),
and these notes will be saved in your personal area 'My TrOn', for
future reference. However, you will not be able to print these
notes as one single document.
If you would prefer to make your notes in a separate document
you may wish to download the 'learning notes' below. This
downloadable Word document will allow you to keep a personalised
record of your learning, which you can then save and/or print for
learning notes document for this module