The first three chapters explain the basics of object relations theory, defining important terms and flagging them with bold type. The remainder of the book is devoted to specific guidance on conducting therapy, using a single fictitious patient to illustrate concepts. Common topics, such as projective identification, neediness, and verbal attacks on the therapist, are discussed, and specific interventions are suggested. The author engages readers, asking them to consider the patient's point of view and to think about what they would say next. Key points are clearly marked, such as in the chapter on projective identification: "The concepts in this chapter are probably some of the most important….So please read the chapter carefully" (p. 59).