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(1974). Book Notices. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 22:225-234.

(1974). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 22:225-234

Book Notices

PSYCHOANALYTIC CONTRIBUTIONS. By Annie Reich. New York: International Universities Press, 1973, x + 376 pp., $13.50.

The scientific contributions of the late Annie Reich have been collected in this modest volume by her friends and her two daughters. The book contains 17 papers; the last three of these were previously unpublished and the three earliest had only appeared in German. Dr. Reich's solid reputation as a psychoanalytic author was earned through the 11 articles published from 1940 to 1960 which form the backbone of her work.

The early works here translated for the first time already show Annie Reich's characteristic interest in the description of atypical clinical syndromes. She gives detailed reports from the analyses of a delinquent girl who had committed incest, of a depressed and hypochondriacal patient with a pregenital fixation, and of a paranoid personality. Her first American paper, on the psychology of extreme submissiveness, signaled the start of her abiding focus on the delimitation of nonpsychotic disturbances of a narcissistic type. Her well-known papers on a sublimation in the area of grotesque comedy, on narcissistic object choice in women, on early identifications as sources of the ego ideal, on the integration of unusual conflict solutions into the ego structure, and on pathologic forms of self-esteem regulation continued this aspect of her studies, and the hitherto unpublished paper on masturbation and self-esteem shows that she remained interested in the problem to the end.

A second field of investigation pursued by Dr. Reich was that of psychoanalytic technique and the problem of countertransference, a topic represented by three papers. She also addressed herself to the question of the termination of analysis, that of the special types of resistance encountered in training analyses, and to the special variation in technique required in certain cases of superego pathology.

Annie Reich's psychoanalytic contributions constitute a substantial expansion of our clinical knowledge, presented within the framework of the metapsychology generally accepted during the period of her activity.

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