Psychology and the Soul

By Otto Rank; William D. Turner | Go to book overview

SOUL AND WILL
Divinity, joined to thy will,
Rises from its earthly throne.
SCHILLER

THE PRIMITIVE IDENTIFICATION OF dream and reality, and the willed translation of dream into action, which survive even in our modern point of view, bring us to willing, which is the psychological problem par excellence. As in my will psychology and will therapy,1 I substitute this problem for the narcissistic one of the wish. It was the will to live, and not death anxiety, which produced belief in immortality, and it is the will which creates the dream. The dream seems to prove freedom of will to us as completely as it did to primitive man who translated his dream into reality. While the soul and body had originally been united in one being, primitive man began to interpret this freedom of the will as freedom of the soul from the body. But in his dream life his own soul's freedom of will was opposed by that of other souls which seemed to appear

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Truth and Reality; Sketch of a Spiritual Philosophy (Wahrheit und Wirklichkeit; Entwurf einer Philosophie des Seelischen), 1929; and The Analytic Reaction in its Constructive Aspects (Die analytische Reaktion in ihren konstruktiven Elementen), 1929. Both published by F. Deuticke Press, Vienna and Leipzig.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Translator's Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Understanding Oneself and Others 1
  • Religion and Belief In the Soul 13
  • Psychology And the Sexual Era 33
  • Individualism And Collectivism 71
  • Dream And Reality 94
  • Soul and Will 142
  • Nature and Spirit 168
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