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Bing, J.F. (1986). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XI, 1983: Perspectives on Dissent: Adler, Kohut, and the Idea of a Psychoanalytic Research Tradition. Paul E. Stepansky. Pp. 51-74.. Psychoanal Q., 55:362-363.

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Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XI, 1983: Perspectives on Dissent: Adler, Kohut, and the Idea of a Psychoanalytic Research Tradition. Paul E. Stepansky. Pp. 51-74.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:362-363

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XI, 1983: Perspectives on Dissent: Adler, Kohut, and the Idea of a Psychoanalytic Research Tradition. Paul E. Stepansky. Pp. 51-74.

James F. Bing

Adler did not disregard the importance of the development of the child and the influence of the family, but he stressed only their adaptational aspects. He claimed that in order to be effective therapeutically, the analyst must understand the oedipus complex, but only in terms of masculine protest; he underplayed the importance of it as seen by Freud. According to Stepansky, what really jeopardized psychoanalysis, as far as Freud was concerned, was Adler's orientation to the libido theory. Stepansky believes that Freud's criticism of Adler may not be valid. Adler's viewpoint can only temporarily retard the process of psychoanalysis. Hartmann, Kris, and Loewenstein have well established this fact. Stepansky dramatically compares Kohut's ideas to those of the nineteenth century psychologist-philosopher, Wilhelm Dilthey. It was Dilthey's theory that one must go beyond self-psychology and consider various cultural sciences, "not 'scientific' psychology modeled on the natural sciences but a 'realistic' psychology, whose task was the study of the structures by which the various functions of the human mind were organized." One must


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go beyond the empathic attitude in observing and collecting data. Stepansky makes the plea that analysis go beyond Kohut's self psychology and not neglect basic issues.


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Bing, J.F. (1986). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. XI, 1983. Psychoanal. Q., 55:362-363

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