My Mother’s Voice: Psychotherapy of Introjection: Part 5 of a 5-Part Case Study of the Psychotherapy of the Schizoid Process

Richard G. Erskine


This article is the last in a five-part series subtitled “Case Study of the Psychotherapy of the Schizoid Process.” An emphasis on the concept and methods of introjection concludes this case study of a schizoid client’s 4-year psychotherapy. The article demonstrates how the therapeutic relationship was used to quiet the client’s constantly criticizing internal voice. It illustrates the method of treating introjection by engaging the introjected voice in actual therapy, as if the voice were an actual client.

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