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Wadlington, W. (2012). The Art of Living in Otto Rank's Will Therapy. Am. J. Psychoanal., 72(4):382-396.

(2012). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 72(4):382-396

The Art of Living in Otto Rank's Will Therapy

Will Wadlington, Ph.D.

Otto Rank's approach to psychotherapy, developed after his separation from Freud, encourages living life fully in spite of death and limitation. In his emphasis on the here and now, new experience in the therapeutic relationship, and collaboration and creativity in the therapy process, Rank was ahead of his time. As a theorist of personality and of creativity, his work is well known, but his influence on the practices of humanistic, existential, and post-psychoanalytic relational therapists is largely unacknowledged. Rank's creative legacy is an approach to psychotherapy that calls forth artistry and collaboration between therapist and client.

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