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Pollock, G.H. (1977). The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis: From 1932 to the Present. Ann. Psychoanal., 5:3-22.

(1977). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 5:3-22

I Psychoanalytic History

The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis: From 1932 to the Present

George H. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.

Psychoanalysts are not in the vanguard of revolution, but the far-reaching movement of which they were the founder-members—the field of theory and clinical practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis—has influenced the Western world in profound ways. In more recent years we have witnessed the conservatism that frequently follows the innovative phase of a new field. Perhaps we will soon see a renaissance with new breakthroughs—already the seeds of change may be detected, but as yet they have not fully taken root and obviously they have not flowered. In the future, I can foresee a greater emphasis on prediction, prevention, and early intervention. I can foresee applications to and from other fields, especially the social, political, and humanistic disciplines. I can foresee a greater emphasis on the study of all phases of the life-cycle and their deviations. I can foresee a new alignment of specialties and health-care facilities, and an increasing emphasis on quality-of-life issues. I can foresee different educational models and paths. I can foresee alternative therapeutic applications and treatment modalities where different therapies are simultaneously combined and applied, and I can see a greater understanding of biological and sociological approaches and data and their integration with those of psychoanalysis. The existing approaches of sociobiology are not antithetical to the fundamental theories of psychoanalysis, and they may add new dimensions.

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