In Freud's Shadow: Adler in Context

In Freud's Shadow: Adler in Context

By: Paul E. Stepansky (author)Hardback

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In its detailed, interpretive reconsideration of Adler's involvement with Freud and psychoanalysis, In Freud's Shadow constitutes a seminal contribution to our historical understanding of the early psychoanalytic movement. Making extensive use of the Minutes of the Vienna Psycho-Analytic Society, Freud's correspondence, and the diaries of Lou Andreas-Salome, Stepansky reconstructs the ambience and reanalyzes the substance of the ongoing debates about Adler's work within the psychoanalytic discussion group. One valuable by-product of his undertaking, then, is a compelling portrait of the early Vienna Psycho-Analytic Society from the standpoint of the sociology of small groups and, more especially, of Freud's status as the "group leader" of the Society. Thoroughly researched, meticulously documented, and brilliantly written, In Freud's Shadow: Adler in Context represents a watershed in the literature on Adler, Frued, and the history of psychoanalysis. It will be of major interest not only to psychoanalysts, psychiatrists, and psychologists, but to social scientists, historians, and lay readers interested in the politics of scientific controversy, the sociology of small groups, and the relationship of psychology to contemporary systems of belief.

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Paul E. Stepansky received his doctorate in European intellectual history from Yale University, where he was named the first Kanzer Foundation Fellow for Psychoanalytic Studies in the Humanities. One of the foremost psychoanalytic editors in the country, he served as the Managing Director of Analytic Press until 2006. He is the author of numerous books on Sigmund Freud as well as The Memoirs of Margaret S. Mahler.


Introduction - From Socialism to Pedagogy: Prelude to Adlerian Theory - From Medicine to Psychiatry: The Foundations of Adlerian Theory, Part I - From Medicine to Psychiatry: The Foundations of Adlerian Theory, Part II - Adler in Freud's Circle: I. The Vicissitudes of Discipleship - Adler in Freud's Circle: II. The Anatomy of Dissension - Adler in Freud's Circle: III. The Nervous Character and Its Critic - Adler in Freud's Circle: IV. The Psychology of Repudiation - The Psychologist as Pedagogue: Adler and the Education of the Child - The Psychologist as Prophet: Adler and Gemeinschaftsgefuehl Appendix: The Hidden Adler in Freud

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  • publication date: 12/09/1983
  • ISBN13: 9780881630077
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 342
  • ID: 9780881630077
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 0881630071

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