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Heintges, E. (1993). Report: What caused the disappearance of Psyche?. Free Associations, 3(4):500-502.

(1993). Free Associations, 3(4):500-502

Report: What caused the disappearance of Psyche?

Evelyn Heintges

The renowned Frankfurt psychoanalytic journal Psyche does not exist anymore. But maybe its subscribers will not notice this because they have received, without any transition, a journal which has a similar cover and layout. Whether its content is similar remains to be seen. However, there is a difference in the title: this new journal is called PsychoanalyseKlinik und Kulturkritic [PsychoanalysisClinical and Cultural Criticism]. Readers who may be startled by this may calm down when they read vol. 46, issue 2, and then they may well think that this is, after all, just a continuation of Psyche. But as Helmut Dahmer, one of the well-known editors of Psyche, sees it, the subscribers have every reason to be shocked, because behind this enigmatic change of the title lies a fully-fledged scandal. If he/she is attentive, the reader will note the name of Margarete Mitscherlich as editor. The names of Helmut Dahmer and Lutz Rosenkötter are omitted. What has happened?

Margarete Mitscherlich, widow of the celebrated Alexander Mitscherlich, left the editorial board of Psyche on 13 December 1991. Shortly after that she published, together with a couple of former editorial consultants, a press statement which accused the ‘Dahmer Group’ of ruining Psyche.

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