Psykodynamisk Leksikon. (Psychodynamic Dictionary). Ole Andkjær Olsen. Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 2002.
Review by: Jan Nielsen
A New Dictionary
A new Danish psychoanalytic dictionary has emerged, and here one can — among many other terms — learn about amphimixia, anagogic interpretation, enantiodromy, quaternity, noogenic neurosis and foreclusure. Psykodynamisk Leksikon is a voluminous work of almost 1000 pages, weighing more than two kilograms. It contains 548 articles, written by 27 contributers. Furthermore, it has 313 short biographies and concludes with an extensive bibliography in which references from the articles can be found — easy to grasp.
The editor has chosen to reduce the number of articles in favour of their depth, which has been a wise decision. All articles are tailored to the same pattern, which gives the book a genuine structure. Firstly the German, English and French words for the concept are presented, then follows a short definition, and finally a review of the content and demarcation of the term, including its historical and theoretical roots, is given. A wide number of articles also hold historical perspectives on the basis of classical psychoanalysis, following the concepts through its modern meanings, which offers the reader a good outlook and foundation.
And what do you find in this work? First of all, an alphabetically organized review of many wellknown — and as mentioned above — less wellknown concepts. All the psychoanalytic concepts, theoretical as well as clinical, are included. So are the terms which originate from the schools and movements around Freud, e.
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