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Alnœs, R. (1980). Thought processes, Loneliness and Anxiety. Experimental and psychoanalytical investigations into creative thinking. German and English contributions: Lajos Szekely. With a preface by Richard Meili. German title: “Denkverlauf, Einsamkeit und Angst. Experimentelle und psychoanalytische Untersuchungen über das kreative Denken”. Bern, Stuttgart, Wien: Huber Verlag, 1976, Pp 358. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 3(1):45-46.

(1980). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 3(1):45-46

Thought processes, Loneliness and Anxiety. Experimental and psychoanalytical investigations into creative thinking. German and English contributions: Lajos Szekely. With a preface by Richard Meili. German title: “Denkverlauf, Einsamkeit und Angst. Experimentelle und psychoanalytische Untersuchungen über das kreative Denken”. Bern, Stuttgart, Wien: Huber Verlag, 1976, Pp 358

Review by:
Randolf Alnœs

After a long migration - owing to political upheavals - from Hungary to Germany, Holland, The Soviet Union and Finland, the author finally settled down in Sweden in 1944. He established a psychoanalytic practice in Stockholm two years later and became a well-known training analyst, seminar leader and supervisor in the Swedish Psychoanalytical Society. He has published several scientific papers.

In Scandinavia only a few books have been published with psychoanalysis as the main topic, written by experienced professionals. Therefore we look forward eagerly to this publication.

In connection with Szekely's 70th birthday, a selection of his papers has been published, partly in German and partly in English, where he describes the results of his experimental investigations and shares his extensive clinical experience from a life-long practice.

The papers are divided into three groups: The first group — written 1940–50 — describes experimental investigations of problem solving. In contrast to traditional Gestalt psychology, these investigations focus also on structure formation as a result of early experiences. The dynamics of motivation in connection with problem solution - otherwise often the victim of the scientist's blind spots - are made central to the discussion, both theoretically and methodically. The author attempts to replace Gestalt psychological term with terms in modern psychoanalytic theory.

The second group consists of psychoanalytic contributions of which some are published for the first time: “Das Denken im Rahmen der psychoanalytischen Theorie”. (“Thinking within the Frame of Psychoanalytic Theory”.)

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