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After Freud: Development of Psychoanalytic Thought and Theory
February 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom
First Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2022-23, 2nd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Julie Wood, MA
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February 10, 2023 — USA: Early Ego Psychology
When speaking of the hegemony of Ego Psychology in the States during the early twentieth century, Heinz Hartmann is ubiquitous. Once called the “architect” of Ego Psychology, his ideas and theories do not still have the same outsized impact.
With these readings we hope to gain a general understanding and appreciation of what Hartmann and his collaborators (primarily Ernst Kris and Rudolph Lowenstein) contributed to theory. However, with the benefit of time and distance, we will also look at the context of when Hartmann was writing and the impact of greater social and societal dynamics. Bergmann, Blum, and Kuriloff all look at how the development of psychoanalytic theory and practice in the States may have been influenced by the fact that the “torch bearers,” the authors and practitioners of psychoanalysis, were themselves largely (but not exclusively) Jewish immigrants, having left their homes out of need rather than choice.
Bergmann, M.S. (2000). “The Hartmann Era and Its Contribution to Psychoanalytic Technique” in The Hartmann Era, pp58-67.
Blum, H. (2000). “The Idealization of Theory and the Aim of Adaptation: The Passing of the Hartmann Enterprise and Era” in The Hartmann Era, pp89-102.
Kuriloff, E.A. (2014). Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Legacy of the Third Reich. pp34-43
Grey, A. (1994). Ferenczi and the Interpersonal School: A Study of Political Climates in Psychoanalysis. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 3(2):103-108.
Wolstein, B. (1991). The Hungarian School. Contemp. Psychoanal., 27:167-175.