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Volume 17 of Progress in Self Psychology, The Narcissistic Patient Revisited, begins with the next installment of Stroziers From the Kohut Archives: first publication of a fragment by Kohut on social class and self-formation and of four lettersMoreVolume 17 of Progress in Self Psychology, The Narcissistic Patient Revisited, begins with the next installment of Stroziers From the Kohut Archives: first publication of a fragment by Kohut on social class and self-formation and of four letters from his final decade. Taken together, Hazel Ipps richly textured Case of Gayle and the commentaries that it elicits amount to a searching reexamination of narcissistic pathology and the therapeutic process. This illuminating reprise on the clinical phenomenology Kohut associated with narcissistic personality disorder accounts for the volume title. The ability of modern self psychology to integrate central concepts from other theories gains expression in Teicholzs proposal for a two-tiered theory of intersubjectivity, in Brownlows examination of the fear of intimacy, and in Garfields model for the treatment of psychosis. The social relevance of self psychology comes to the fore in an examination of the experience of adopted children and an inquiry into the roots of mystical experience, both of which concern the ubiquity of the human longing for an idealized parent imago. Among contributions that bring self-psychological ideas to bear on the arts, Frank Lachmanns provocative Words and Music, which links the history of music to the history of psychoanalytic thought in the quest for universal substrata of psychological experience, deserves special mention. Annette Lachmanns consideration of empathic failure among the characters in Shakespeares Othello and Silversteins reflections on Schuberts self-states and selfobject needs in relation to the specific poems set to music in his Lieder round out a collection as richly broad based as the field of self psychology itself.