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Greenson, R.R. (1948). The Yearbook of Psychoanalysis. Volume III. 1947: Edited by Sandor Lorand. New York: International Universities Press. 1948. 308 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 17:531-534.
(1948). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 17:531-534
The Yearbook of Psychoanalysis. Volume III. 1947: Edited by Sandor Lorand. New York: International Universities Press. 1948. 308 pp.
Review by: Ralph R. Greenson
This edition of the Yearbook contains twenty papers on different aspects of psychoanalysis. Some of the contributions contain original ideas; others represent more precise formulations of well-known problems; still others are applications of psychoanalysis to new subject matter.
Fenichel's, Some Remarks on Freud's Place in the History of Science, stresses Freud's scientific contribution as consisting in examining scientifically the hitherto irrational, sacred and taboo. It was a rebellion against the physical scientist's neglect of psychology and against the prejudices of the social forces which sought the maintenance of the status quo. One of the dangers facing psychoanalysis today is a return to magical thinking in excessive theorizing, or a trend to 'idealism' as a cure for the discontents of society.
Bernfeld in An Unknown Autobiographical Fragment by Freud attempts to establish the identity of a patient Freud described in ber Deckerinnerungen, 1899. The patient's history, his unusual grasp of psychoanalytic principles and the fact that this paper was never published in any later collection makes it plausible that the patient was Freud himself.
A Valedictory Address contains the reflections of Ernest Jones' forty years of work in psychoanalysis. Most noteworthy is his comment that anyone who makes comfort his first aim in life is ill-advised to adopt the profession of psychoanalyst. One should avoid the extremes of isolation and pugnacity, the best way of combating opposition being to do better work. We are still a long way from isolating the irreducible mental elements which motivate human life.
Of three papers about functions of the archaic ego the most original contributions are made by Bertram Lewin in Sleep, the Mouth and the Dream Screen. He demonstrates the connection between the oral aspects of sleep, the visual dream content and its relationship to incorporative wishes regarding the mother's breast, and the superimposition of other images on this screen, stemming
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