Potik, D., & Rozenberg, G. (2018). Self Psychology, Risk Assessment of Individuals with Exhibitionistic Disorder and the Good Lives Model—More Than Meets the Eye. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 1-20.
This article deals with the relevance of self psychology to the risk assessment and treatment of individuals with exhibitionistic disorder. First, psychoanalytic explanations of this disorder are reviewed alongside explanations of other psychological approaches. Next, based on Heinz Kohut’s formulations, we present a developmental explanation of exhibitionistic disorder and a model which describes its dynamics. We explain how Kohut’s conceptualization of empathy as vicarious introspection can provide a better understanding of the subject’s inner world during both risk assessment and the psychotherapy of exhibitionists. Finally, we discuss the interface between self psychology and the Good Lives Model, a holistic rehabilitative approach to the offender’s lifestyle. This model may meet many of these patient’s unfulfilled mental needs and enable them to acquire the skills essential for interpersonal and social integration