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Dieterle, R.R. (1930). The Relation of Hans Von Hattingberg to Psychoanalysis: An Appreciation. Psychoanal. Rev., 17(2):268-273.

(1930). Psychoanalytic Review, 17(2):268-273

The Relation of Hans Von Hattingberg to Psychoanalysis: An Appreciation

Robert R. Dieterle, M.D.

It was at the International Congress for Psychoanalysis held at Bad Homburg in the autumn of 1925 that I first heard of Hans von Hattingberg. However, it was not until last year that I sought him out. Believing I had made a “discovery” in psychoanalysis, I underwent a teaching-analysis of six months' duration and now feel that it would be appropriate to introduce some of his teachings to others.

Dr. von Hattingberg had been denied membership in the Berlin Society because of his non-conformist views. Early in the psychoanalytic movement, as one of those who first gathered around the master was this outstanding personality who was an enfant terrible in the orthodoxy early perpetrated by Freud and which was destined to split up into the disharmonious trinity which obtains to-day. It was he who was one of the first to oppose the dogmas of early Freudianism, for deeper reasons than are ordinarily thought of. In the history of the analysis of the analysts, this outstanding resistance against the authority-complex which destroyed the early “psychoanalytic family,” setting up teachers out of pupils, is something which has occurred down to the present; and now as a pupil of two members of the original group of disciples, one orthodox and the other, individual by his very strength of personality, I write of von Hattingberg with a feeling that I have been peculiarly favored by my fortunate experience for I do not believe that anyone is better fitted to present the conflicts of the psychoanalytic movement from within and without than he is and to give what I term a comparative-psychoanalytic teaching-analysis. Proper orientation in any subject depends upon a thorough knowledge of its history and philosophy.

The most potent factors of his resistance to dogma emanate from two great factors of personality which are strongly represented in him, namely his racial and individual culture.

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