|Klein, M.I. (1983). Freud's Drive Theory and Ego Psychology: A Critical Evaluation of the Blancks. Psychoanal. Rev., 70:505-517.|
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(1983). Psychoanalytic Review, 70(4):505-517
Freud's Drive Theory and Ego Psychology: A Critical Evaluation of the Blancks
Gertrude and Rubin Blanck (, ) have presented articulate expositions and integrations of that body of literature known as psychoanalytic . Their two volume opus is very popular, widely read, and has received much praise from analysts prominently associated with developments in . There is, however, much in the Blancks' writings that calls for commentary and . I have, therefore, relied primarily on their works to serve the purpose of this paper, namely, a critical inquiry into certain aspects of psychoanalytic .
is but one attempt to encompass the matter of within a viable theory. It would, however, be a mistaken impression—based on the enormous popularity of —to think that psychoanalytic is the “official” theory of . There are, for example, many Freudian analysts (such as Glover, Balint, Weiss, Kubie, Zetzel, and Gill) as well as numerous psychoanalytic “revisionists,” (such as Bowlby, Peter-freund, Schafer, Thicksten, and Rosenblatt) who have expressed considerable dissatisfaction with ego psychological theory.
What makes the group of Freudian analysts who are identified with the modern theory of the ego “psychoanalytic ego psychologists” is not just the new emphasis which they ascribe to the ego, but also their common conceptual tie to Freudian . To put it another way, psychoanalytic is a psychoanalytic theory attempting to mate a new ego and an old id. This cross-fertilization of a new ego with an old (or Freudian) id has, in my opinion, led some ego psychologists to depart profoundly from Freudian theory. If this
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