By Bettelheim, Bruno; Fisher, David James; Bettelheim, Bruno; Ekstein, Rudolf
?A self-declared 'critical admirer? and ultimate convinced of Bruno Bettelheim, David James Fisher succeeds with as balanced and nuanced a portrayal as turns out attainable of the nature, the lifetime contributions, and the ultimate justifications of a such a lot arguable psychoanalytic eminence. Bettelheim was once instantaneously the guts of significant specialist polemics, and even as, the psychoanalyst who, after Sigmund Freud and Erik Erikson, has had the best impression at the wider tradition of the 20th century. Fisher's booklet is extremely instructed interpreting for all all in favour of the interaction of rules and personas within the evolving historical past of the psychoanalytic position within the scheme of human development.?Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D., Emeritus Professor and previous Chair, division of Psychiatry, collage of California, San Francisco university of Medicine.?These glowing own essays on Bettelheim, a pathbreaker of recent ego psychology, who has been savagely attacked and deprecated when you consider that his loss of life seventeen years in the past, repair the fellow and his paintings in ancient, scientific, and human context for the modern clinician and educated reader. Fisher has performed a excellent task of bringing this complicated, attention-grabbing determine to life.?Peter J. Loewenberg, Ph.D., Professor of historical past and Political Psychology, collage of California at l. a., former Director of schooling, New middle for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.?David James Fisher has written a relocating, own portrait of Bruno Bettelheim as philosopher, author, and buddy. His tale of Bettelheim over the last years of his existence makes for riveting studying, as does his balanced view of either Bettelheim's character and his many contributions to psychoanalysis and the therapy of disturbed teenagers. Fisher's paintings is a necessary quantity within the historical past of psychoanalysis in the US, and an excellent narrative approximately this greatly complicated man.?Joseph Reppen, Ph.D., Editor, Psychoanalytic Psychology and Chair, Council of Editors of Psychoanalytic Journals. Read more...
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61-63, 88-94, 182-187, 189-194; for the representative psychoanalytic dismissals, see Stanley J. Coen, “How to Read Freud: A Critique of Recent Freud Scholarship,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, vol. 2, 1988, pp. 487, 489-491; Darius G. Ornston, “Review of Freud and Man’s Soul,” Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, vol. 33, supplement 1985, pp. 189-200. 11. Bruno Bettelheim,“Individual and Mass Behavior in Extreme Situations,” in Bettelheim, Surviving, pp. 48-83.
Free association” is not free at all and he urges us to regard the fundamental rule as an idea or image that spontaneously comes to mind. ” For Civilization and Its Discontents, an inspired title in my judgment, Bettelheim prefers a more literal The Uneasiness Inherent in Culture, a title consistent with the underlying intention of the text to be sure, but unconnected to the artistic underpinnings and imaginative structure of the essay. However, I found it dubious, even a bit illogical, for the translators of the The Standard Edition, James Strachey and Anna Freud, to be held responsible for the positivistic, empiricist, and medical-biological slant of these twenty-four volumes.
With the Jew described as 38 BETTELHEIM: LIVING AND DYING small, black, and hairy, the German Aryan became the positive opposite: tall, erect, light, soldierly, and clean. For Erikson, the German-Jewish antithesis, while it contained an aesthetic and moral dichotomy, essentially reduced into that of the superman and the apeman. He speculated that Hitler’s Jewish phobia may have been a personal symptom that was particularly well suited for exploitation though shrewd use of propaganda. 24 Within the framework of his discussion of the history of Christian ambivalence toward Jews, Loewenstein emphasized Oedipal dynamics to explain the persistence of anti-Semitism.