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Jacobs, T. (1972). Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanal Q., 41:157.

(1972). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 41:157

Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society

Theodore Jacobs

DISCUSSION: Dr. Olga Knopf spoke of the sexual morality of Vienna at the turn of the century, and emphasized Freud's great courage in bringing forth his ideas in a climate of such intense hostility.

Dr. Gustav Bychowski spoke of his experiences at the Wednesday evening meetings some years earlier. At these meetings, Freud was unfailingly courteous and kind to those who presented papers, and his summaries were a model of lucidity. On one occasion, he advised Bychowski not to read his papers, likening this process to a man riding in a horse-drawn coach while his listeners are forced to run along behind him. On another occasion, at the beginning of World War II when Bychowski visited him, Freud expressed the view that psychoanalysis could not as yet change the essential character of man. However, he had hopes that the insights gained from analysis might do so some day.

Dr. Otto Sperling recounted his experiences at two of the Wednesday evening meetings. On one occasion, Wilhelm Reich presented his views on the analysis of resistances, stressing the need for the analyst to pay close attention to the negative transference as it arises. Freud was opposed to focusing on any of the patient's material in such a specialized way. He preferred a less biased and more open method of listening to what arose. At another meeting he was cautious about the analyst adopting too passive an attitude in the analysis. Such a posture, he felt, was not conductive to the best results.

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