By Otto Fenichel M.D., Leo Rangell M.D.
The Psychoanalytic conception of Neurosis, Fenichel's vintage textual content, summarized the 1st part century of psychoanalytic research into psychopathology and awarded a common psychoanalytic conception of neurosis. while Otto Fenichel died, Anna Freud mourned the lack of 'his inexhaustible wisdom of psychoanalysis and his inimitable manner of organizing and proposing his facts'. those features shine via The Psychoanalytic conception of Neurosis which has been a typical reference for generations of psychoanalysts.
For this anniversary variation, Leo Rangell has written an advent that units Fenichel's paintings in context. He sees Fenichel as a priceless inheritor to Freud; either males prompted their fans via what Rangell calls 'the air of mystery of ideas'. In his epilogue, Rangell describes the destiny of Fenichel's principles and of this publication as 'a barometer of where of psychoanalysis ... in the exterior highbrow international and, much more considerably, of the traits and moving winds of opinion in the psychoanalytic box itself'. He strains these developments throughout the turbulent controversies of the sector, concluding that Fenichel's observations are as clean and appropriate at the present time as they have been fifty years in the past.
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Classification of Instincts Criticisms of the Concept of a Death Instinct Infantile Sexuality The Oral Stage The Anal-Sadistic Stage Urethral Eroticism Other Erogenous Zones Partial Instincts The Phallic Phase; Castration Anxiety in Boys The Phallic Phase in Girls; Penis Envy The Archaic Types of Object Relationships Love and Hate Social Feelings The Mother as the First Object Change of Object in Girls The Oedipus Complex Types of Object Choice The Problem of Female Castration Fear Summary VI. LATER PHASES OF DEVELOPMENT: THE SUPEREGO Early Stages of the Superego The Establishment of the Superego The Functions of the Superego The “Passing of the Oedipus Complex” Vicissitudes of the Superego The Latency Period Puberty PART TWO PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY OF NEUROSIS A.
But compared to the “philosophical” psychologies, these natural-scientific psychologies have always been in the minority, and they have only been able to treat disparate mental functions. An understanding of the multiplicity of everyday human mental life, based on natural science, really began only with psychoanalysis. Now the question can be answered concerning the contradictory statements of Freud’s place in the history of science. The golden days of materialistic biology and medicine simply did not regard the whole field of humanity as their universe of discourse.
Persons who “do not believe in psychoanalysis” will not be convinced by reading this book. They can only inform themselves about what the teachings of psychoanalysis actually are. But even this seems very necessary. Many critics who “do not believe in psychoanalysis” do not know what psychoanalysis is about, and are in the habit of ascribing to Freud a great many things he never said or wrote. However, the reading of case histories offers the best method for remedying deficiencies in personal experience, and is therefore the most important supplement to the reading of this book, just as attendance at clinical lectures or the reading of clinical case reports is the best supplement to the study of pathology.