A Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures by Otto RankA Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures by Otto Rank

A Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures

byOtto Rank

Hardcover | July 28, 1996

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A leading disciple and confidant of Freud, Otto Rank revolutionized the field of psychoanalytic theory in The Trauma of Birth (1924). In this book, Rank proposed that the child's pre-Oedipal relationship to the mother was the prototype of the therapeutic relationship between analyst and patient. Although Rank is now widely acknowledged as the most important precursor of humanistic and existential psychotherapy--influencing such well-known writers as Carl Rogers, Rollo May, and Ernest Becker--Rank's knotty prose has long frustrated readers. In this volume of Rank's lectures, Robert Kramer has brought together for the first time the innovator's clearest explanations of his most influential theories.


The lectures were delivered in English to receptive audiences of social workers, therapists, and clinical psychologists throughout the United States from 1924 to 1938, the year before Rank's untimely death. The topics covered include separation and individuation, projection and identification, love and will, relationship therapy, and neurosis as a failure in creativity. The lectures reveal that Rank, much maligned by orthodox analysts, invented the modern object-relations approach to psychotherapy in the 1920s. In his introduction, based on private correspondence between Rank, Freud, and others in the inner circle, Robert Kramer tells the full story of why Rank parted ways with Freud. The collection of lectures constitutes a "readable Rank," filled with insights still relevant today, for those interested in the humanistic, existential, or object- relational aspects of psychotherapy, or in the development of the psychoanalytic movement.

Otto Rank (1884-1939) was the author of many works, including Will Therapy, Truth and Reality, Art and Artist, and Beyond Psychology. He emigrated from Vienna to Paris in 1926, and moved permanently to the United States in 1935. Robert Kramer is the author of articles and reviews on organizational behavior and the history of psychoana...
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Title:A Psychology of Difference: The American LecturesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 28, 1996Publisher:Princeton University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780691044705

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Chronology of Rank's Life (1884-1939)

Editor's Notes to the Reader

Introduction. Insight and Blindness: Visions of Rank 3

Pt. 1 The Trauma of Birth: "A Much Stronger Repression Than Even Infantile Sexuality"

1 Psychoanalysis as General Psychology (1924) 51

2 The Therapeutic Application of Psychoanalysis (1924) 66

3 The Trauma of Birth and Its Importance for Psychoanalytic Therapy (1924) 78

4 Psychoanalysis as a Cultural Factor (1924) 85

Pt. 2 Exploring the Dark Continent of Maternal Power: "The 'Bad Mother' Freud Has Never Seen"

5 Foundations of a Genetic Psychology (1926) 99

6 Development of the Ego (1926) 107

7 The Problem of the Etiology of the Neurosis (1926) 112

8 The Anxiety Problem (1926) 116

9 The Genesis of the Guilt-Feeling (1926) 131

10 The Genesis of the Object Relation (1926) 140

Pt. 3 From Projection and Identification to Self-Determination: "Emotions Are the Center and Real Sphere of Psychology"

11 Love, Guilt, and the Denial of Feelings (1927) 153

12 Emotional Suffering and Therapy (1927) 166

13 The Significance of the Love Life (1927) 177

14 Social Adaptation and Creativity (1927) 189

15 The Prometheus Complex (1927) 201

16 Parental Attitudes and the Child's Reactions (1927) 211

Pt. 4 Toward a Theory of Relationship and Relativity: "I Am No Longer Trying to Prove Freud was Wrong and I Right"

17 Speech at First International Congress on Mental Hygiene (1930) 221

18 Beyond Psychoanalysis (1928) 228

19 The Yale Lecture (1929) 240

20 Neurosis as a Failure in Creativity (1935) 251

21 Active and Passive Therapy (1935) 260

22 Modern Psychology and Social Change (1938) 264

Prior Publication of Lectures 277

References 279

Index 285


From Our Editors

Once a leading disciple and confidant of Freud, Otto Rank parted company with the psychoanalytic community in the 1920s as his writings began focusing more on the cure of neuroses rather than on the seemingly interminable process of fostering a patient's in-depth understanding of them. A commitment to a more result-oriented form of psychoanalysis led to his publication of The Trauma of Birth (1924), in which Rank moves beyond the Oedipal complex to locate the strongest causes for repression in the child's love and fear of the mother. In this volume of Rank's lectures, Robert Kramer has brought together for the first time the innovator's clearest explanations of his most influential theories. The lectures were delivered in English to receptive audiences of social workers, therapists, and clinical psychologists throughout the United States from 1924 to 1938, the year before his untimely death. Revealing Rank's intellectual development during this period, they treat such topics as projection and identification, love and will, neurosis as a failure in creativity, and

Editorial Reviews

"Dr. Kramer . . . is fast becoming one of the most productive and consistently insightful rnak scholars on the scene today. His major Rankian essays include treatments of Rank's place in the history of psychoanalysis, specific aspects of Rankian theory, Rank's influence on later major figures such as Carl Rogers, and the application of Rank's ideas to management theory."--The Ernest Becker Foundation