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Eder, M.D. (1933). Psycho-Analysis and Neuroses: By Dr. Hans von Hattingberg. Translated by Arnold Eiloart, B.Sc., Ph.D. (The C. W. Daniel Company, London, 1932. Pp. 192. Price 7 s. 6 d.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 14:135-136.

(1933). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 14:135-136

Psycho-Analysis and Neuroses: By Dr. Hans von Hattingberg. Translated by Arnold Eiloart, B.Sc., Ph.D. (The C. W. Daniel Company, London, 1932. Pp. 192. Price 7 s. 6 d.)

Review by:
M. D. Eder

This critique of the theoretical basis of psycho-analysis suffers from two serious defects. Dr. von Hattingberg almost ignores the work of the last fifteen years; the formation of the ego and the super-ego, the relation of agressive to libidinal impulses. He refers in passing to the ego-ideal as being formed 'if the child-like idealism is disillusioned'. It is unnecessary to deal seriously with this jejune and belated criticism of psycho-analytic theory. The original German is no doubt ponderous and involved, but this hardly excuses a translation which is oftentimes almost unintelligible. I do not refer to the occasional incorrect rendering of technical terms; for instance, Freud's ES is translated by IT instead of the word ID accepted in psychological literature. But there are too many sentences like these: 'Secondly, the course of the attack as a self-heightening to and fro, with the movement growing stronger and the intervals shorter to the climax, which is succeeded by the relaxation' (p. 44).

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