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Silver, A.S. (1998). Otto Rank: A Psychology of Difference—the American Lectures. Edited by Robert Kramer. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996, 296 pp., $39.50. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46(2):588-593.

(1998). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 46(2):588-593

Otto Rank: A Psychology of Difference—the American Lectures. Edited by Robert Kramer. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996, 296 pp., $39.50

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Ann-Louise S. Silver

How many of us, considering ourselves scholars of psychoanalysis, have disregarded “little Rank,” the first lay analyst? We might say, “Oh, he strayed from the essence of analysis, was dismissed, and then deteriorated mentally. I understand his writings are obscure. I haven't gotten around to them yet.” With Robert Kramer's scholarly, well-indexed, and meticulous presentation of Otto Rank's American lectures, we can “sit in the audience” and “hear” twenty-two clear and evocative lectures delivered between 1924 and 1938. Kramer's footnotes succinctly summarize all of Rank's most important writings. Rank's voice is stunningly modern, his thinking generally clear and innovative. Even after losing collegial support first from Vienna and then from the American psychoanalytic community, he is not vindictive. Rank exhorts analysts to monitor closely their shifting affect states in every session. He introduces the concept of separation anxiety.

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