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Isono, M. (2012). An Exploration in the Will Psychology of Otto Rank: Human Intentionality and Individuality. Am. J. Psychoanal., 72(4):397-408.

(2012). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 72(4):397-408

An Exploration in the Will Psychology of Otto Rank: Human Intentionality and Individuality

Masayo Isono, M.S.W., PSy.D., Ph.D.

The author explores the meaning and the importance of the will in Rank's relation-based self-creative, self-constructive psychology and argues for the consideration of the concept of the will in psychoanalysis. The paper shows that Rank's concept of the will explains what gives a human being the impetus to choose an action, positive or negative. When validated by the other, this will, the power of intention, enables a person to create his/her unique individuality. The paper reviews Rank's definition of will and traces the evolution of his ideas of intentionality in his writings. Further, the author discusses how Rank attempts to capture the subtle movements of the human mind as suffused with struggles and dynamic interplay between external and internal forces.

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