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After you perform a search, you can sort the articles by Year. This will rearrange the results of your search chronologically, displaying the earliest published articles first. This feature is useful to trace the development of a specific psychoanalytic concept through time.

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Tyson, P. (1999). Lay Analysis: Life Inside the Controversy: Robert S. Wallerstein. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1999, 485 pp., $69.95. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 47(4):1465-1470.

(1999). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 47(4):1465-1470

Psychoanalysis in the 20th Century

Lay Analysis: Life Inside the Controversy: Robert S. Wallerstein. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1999, 485 pp., $69.95

Review by:
Phyllis Tyson

Lay Analysis: Life inside the Controversy is an exquisite tour de force, a captivating and detailed documentary of one of the more unfortunate chapters in the history of psychoanalysis. This book is three books in one. It is a history of the psychoanalytic movement, with the lens focused on one aspect in particular: that is, lay analysis. It is the auto-biography of a man dedicated to the psychoanalytic movement who has spent years serving organized psychoanalysis as president of both the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and the International Psycho-Analytical Association (IPA). Finally, it is a dissertation on strife—strife within an organization and strife between organizations as a profession struggles with its identity. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of psychoanalysis, the dynamics of organizational conflict, the details of the painful lawsuit, or the emotional life of a dedicated and creative professional within organized psychoanalysis.

Wallerstein begins with the origins of psychoanalysis and describes how, in just a few short years, a profession began to grow and flourish. Alongside of the growth, arguments quickly began to fester about who should gain entry to this exciting new profession. Wallerstein explores the events of 1910 that signaled the origins of the different organizational and educational paths taken as psychoanalysis developed historically on the two sides of the Atlantic. Two major publishing events occurred in 1910: Freud's paper on “wild” psychoanalysis, and the Flexner report. Freud sounded an alarm that practitioners idiosyncratically applying psychoanalytic concepts could be hurtful to patients.

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