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Hladky, F. (1961). Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Selected Papers of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. Dexter M. Bullard, ed. Foreword by Edith V. Weigert. University of Chicago Press, 1959.. Am. J. Psychoanal., 21(2):294-297.

(1961). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 21(2):294-297

Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Selected Papers of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann. Dexter M. Bullard, ed. Foreword by Edith V. Weigert. University of Chicago Press, 1959.

Review by:
Frank Hladky, M.D.

This volume consists of the twenty-three papers written by Dr. Fromm-Reichmann in the United States from 1935 to 1957, the year of her death. The contents are subdivided as follows:

On the Philosophy of the Problem, 11. On Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, III. On Schizophrenia, IV. On Manic Depressive Psychosis, v. On General Psychiatric Problems, and VI. An Epilogue on Loneliness, consisting of a paper prepared by the editor from a rough draft of her ideas found in her desk after her death. In addition the book contains a bibliography of twenty-seven papers written in German in the years 1914-1931, and an author index, as well as a carefully prepared subject index.

In “Remarks on the Philosophy of Mental Disorder” (1946), the author elaborates four points which are basic to her point of view:

1.   Serious mental disturbance—psychosis—can potentially be treated successfully by a collaborative effort between the mentally disturbed person and the psychiatrist as participant observer, with modified psychoanalysis—dynamically oriented intensive psychotherapy—even after long duration.

2.   A person can emerge from a severe mental disorder as an artist of rank. His previous liabilities in terms of his pathogenic history, the expression of his subsequent mental disorder—that is, symptomatology—or his inner responses to either of them can be converted into assets.

3.   The emotionally and mentally disturbed reactions which hospitalized patients show are different in degree only, and not in kind, from the emotional and mental experience and mode of expression of so-called healthy people.

4.   Special sensitiveness, alertness, and consideration for the past and present suffering of the mentally disturbed are required from the psychiatrist who wants to understand what these people have to convey.


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