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Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 406–410 | Cite as

Jean Knox: Self-Agency in Psychotherapy

Norton, New York, 2011, 246 pp., $35.00
  • Craigan Usher
Book Review

How does one develop a sense of “me-ness” (self) and “I-ness” (self-agency)? What are the neurobiologic and relational foundations of these processes? What might a focus on attachment security, mentalization, and self-agency mean for therapists? What is it about traditional Freudian, Jungian, and Kleinian narratives that could lead therapists to employ (to borrow from Cronenberg and Kerr) “a most dangerous method?” (Kerr 1993). Drawing on “relational, emergent, constructivist, and sometimes constructionist perspectives on the self,” these are questions which psychiatrist and analytic psychologist Jean Knox tackles in Self-Agency in Psychotherapy (p. 7).

Before exploring the details of Knox’s excellent integration, a few definitions for the uninitiated or reminders for those in-the-know seem in order. First, recall that analytical psychology is another name for the branch of psychology/analysis practiced in the Jungian tradition. It should be noted that even for those whose familiarity...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oregon Health and Science University/Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, DC7PPortlandUSA

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