The XYZ of Psychoanalysis: Epilogue to a Great Beginning

The XYZ of Psychoanalysis: Epilogue to a Great Beginning

The XYZ of Psychoanalysis: Epilogue to a Great Beginning

The XYZ of Psychoanalysis: Epilogue to a Great Beginning

Synopsis

The century during which psychoanalysis developed was a creative interval of transition, when hysterical and ritualistic object relations permitted the great Freudian truths to be articulated. But, according to Harold Feldman, the science of personality, given such a profound impetus by Freud and his colleagues almost a hundred years ago, has receded and faded. The XYZ of Psychoanalysis is a unique examination of the future of psychoanalysis, based on its Freudian past. Feldman proposes that we understand psychoanalysis as an organic link in the history of Freudian thought. His view of the historical context of psychoanalysis, his examination of the dominant occupational hazard, and his understanding of and ability to articulate the fundamentals of the science of the mind move his work beyond the scope of any other treatise on the subject.

Excerpt

For over twenty-five years we laughed at ourselves as part of the human condition. I knew Harold Feldman as a friend, teacher, scholar, and ardent Freudian. We met as students at the Psychoanalytic Studies Institute, which was founded by Theodor Reik, the second institute in the United States for the training of non-medical analysts. Harold was a member of the Institute's first class.

Being an "ardent Freudian" was of great importance to Harold from early on. I now can recall a young Harold Feldman sitting in a class with a training analyst from New York. The analyst was describing what he termed Freudian psychoanalysis, yet offering ideas that were spiritual in flavor and Jungian in origin. Harold stood up, and after a sharp exchange he said, "I'm leaving." I found myself chasing him down the street asking him to come back. He was known for his mild manner and gentleness, and yet in his intellectual life Harold was determined and passionate. As a sea-

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