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The Repression of Psychoanalysis

Otto Fenichel and the Political Freudians

By examining the private correspondence of a circle of German psychoanalyst emigrés that included Otto Fenichel, Annie Reich, and Edith Jacobson, Russell Jacoby recaptures the radical zeal of classical analysis and the efforts of the Fenichel group to preserve psychoanalysis as a social and political theory, open to a broad range of intellectuals regardless of their medical background. In tracing this effort, he illuminates the repression by psychoanalysis of its own radical past and its transformation into a narrow medical technique. This book is of critical interest to the general reader as well as to psychoanalytic historians, theorists, and therapists.

218 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 | © 1983

Psychology: General Psychology

Table of Contents

1. The Repression of Psychoanalysis
2. Spring’s Awakening: Analysts as Rebels
3. The Berlin Institute: The Politics of Psychoanalysis
4. Exile: The Secret Freudians and Their Rundbriefe
5. Psychoanalysis and Its Discontents: Freudians Against Freudians
6. The Illusion of a Future: Political Psychoanalysis
7. The Americanization of Psychoanalysis
Appendix: Four Rundbriefe

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