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Rickman, J. (1951). Reflections on the Function and Organization of a Psycho-Analytical Society. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 32:218-237.

(1951). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 32:218-237

Reflections on the Function and Organization of a Psycho-Analytical Society

John Rickman, M.D.

1. Introduction

Next to a total lack of contributors and of subscribers nothing is more dreaded by an Editor than that the organization he serves should establish a precedent that Addresses from the Chair and such-like speeches for An Occasion should be published in his Journal. Knowing this both as an Editor and as an ex-President of one of the Branch Societies of the International Psycho-Analytical Association (the British one) I have tried to avoid embarrassment to the Editor and I hope to readers by removing from the Addresses from the Chair given in July, 1948, 1949 and 1950 all references to current events which do not have a general bearing, and am placing before the readers of this Journal some Reflections which, though based on the experience of only one Society, may perhaps have a little significance for all.

It is proper at this point to say that to remedy such defects as are apparent to me in the three original Reports I have revised them and in places added to them considerably. Naturally I offer them with hesitation because they are discursive and do not derive exclusively from that area of research which it is the profession of psycho-analysts to explore.

Readers are kindly asked to imagine themselves to be members of the British Psycho-Analytical Scciety in the reconstruction phase following a world war—a Society which has grown in numbers to about one hundred with about fifty students; also to realize that among the students in one year there were more Lieutenant-Colonels than any other category, i.

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