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Krasner, R.F. (1983). Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XVII, 1981: Otto Rank's Contribution to Psychoanalytic Communication. Esther Menaker. Pp. 552-564.. Psychoanal Q., 52:654-654.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XVII, 1981: Otto Rank's Contribution to Psychoanalytic Communication. Esther Menaker. Pp. 552-564.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:654-654

Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XVII, 1981: Otto Rank's Contribution to Psychoanalytic Communication. Esther Menaker. Pp. 552-564.

Ronald F. Krasner

Rank's contribution to psychoanalysis is conceptualized here as occurring chiefly in the theory of technique. Viewed as a believer in human growth and change, Rank emphasized the "here and now" while, according to Menaker, classical psychoanalysis ignored it in favor of the past and unconscious drive derivatives. The relationship with the analyst was not seen in transference terms, "but in terms of the growth opportunities for the self which the new relationship represented." Rank's interpretation of the Wolf Man's dream is presented in support of this thesis. Rank's concept of "will" is also presented. This idea, that the expression of one's own will causes a separation from another individual and thus produces guilt, is then posited as the cornerstone for Rank's innovative "will therapy." As Menaker summarizes, "It is the therapist's capacity to affirm the unique individuation process in the patient that helps to release the creative energies which result in a freer and more secure expression in action of his or her own independent will."

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Krasner, R.F. (1983). Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XVII, 1981. Psychoanal. Q., 52:654-654

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