By Jaap Bos

As either an early disciple of and effect on Freud, Wilhelm Stekel loved a special place in the analytic flow. extra lately, he has been amazing extra for his ostracism from Freud’s sphere and little else. The Self-Marginalization of Wilhelm Stekel brings a clean viewpoint on Stekel, revealing the complicated, symbiotic bond among mentor and follower in its many social, interpersonal, and mental forms.In addition to laying off mild on a recognized outsider, this biography is determined in a twin context of the adolescence of psychoanalysis and Freud’s relationships together with his colleagues: comparisons and contrasts abound with Adler, Jung, and different, respected exiles from Freudian circles. whilst, every one bankruptcy defines and identifies a specific point of the marginalization approach, together with self-marginalization, the connection of marginals to the mainstream, and the worth of marginalization within the development of identification. In all, this publication will supply

    • An in-depth check out the social heritage of psychoanalysis
    • An educated re-thinking of Stekel’s contributions as theorist and clinician
    • A new view of marginalization as differentiated from comparable social phenomena
    • Previously unpublished correspondence among Freud and Stekel
    • A new translation of Stekel’s 1926 essay, "On the background of the Analytical Movement"

The Self-Marginalization of Wilhelm Stekel peels again layers of background to create a novel addition to our wisdom of the origins of psychoanalysis. Psychologists, social scientists, and readers drawn to the background of technological know-how will locate this publication an illuminating glimpse into the lives and legacies of the 1st psychoanalysts.

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During this brief therapy, Freud allegedly “expressed ... surprise ... that I had so few repressions” (Stekel, 1950a, p. 108), an indication, we believe, that Stekel’s problems were indeed related to masturbation if this “absence of repression” is to be interpreted as being open about sexuality. In later years, Stekel strongly and most openly committed himself to the opinion, against Freud, that masturbation is not harmful. We return to this matter later. What Freud and Stekel discussed during Stekel’s brief therapy also remains the subject of speculation, but it may well have been focused on a mother theme, because Stekel mentioned that at one time Freud interpreted one of his dreams as incestuous (a “mother fixation”), and Walter Schindler, one of Stekel’s pupils, claimed that Stekel’s mother was “a strong personality who played a leading role in his life” (Schindler, 1980, p.

But I have decided to get along with him” (Freud to Jung, 12 Dec. 1911). The final blow came a year later, in October 1912, when Stekel refused to let Tausk take over the review section in “his” Zentralblatt. Freud demanded “unconditional obeisance” [volle Unterwerfung] (Freud to Ferenczi, 20 Oct. 1912), and when Stekel refused to surrender, Freud dropped both Stekel and the periodical. Although Stekel made it appear that he had convinced the publisher, Bergmann, to side with-him against Freud, the reverse was true: Bergmann charged Freud with breach of contract and forced him to pay 650 DM.

211); in short, he seems to have 1 This chapter first appeared in History of Psychology, 6(2003), 331–361. © Copyright 2003 by the Educational Publishing Foundation (American Psychological Association). Adapted with permission. 17 18 CHAPTER 2 been an “unbearable” human being whom Freud eventually came to judge as “morally insane” (Freud to Ferenczi, cited in Jones, 1953–1957, Vol. II, p. 137). Wittels wrote that “Freud could not bear the sight of him [Stekel] and did not miss a single opportunity to point this out verbally or in writing” (in Timms, 1995, p.

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