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(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: Responsibility, Free Will, and Ego Psychology. Ernst Lewy. Pp. 260-270.. Psychoanal Q., 31:285-286.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: Responsibility, Free Will, and Ego Psychology. Ernst Lewy. Pp. 260-270.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:285-286

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: Responsibility, Free Will, and Ego Psychology. Ernst Lewy. Pp. 260-270.

In 1925 Freud wrote, 'Obviously, one must hold oneself responsible for the

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evil impulses in one's dreams'. In this essay the author attempts to demonstrate that the above statement by Freud is justifiable by relating it to recently advanced views of ego psychology. The writer defines psychological responsibility as the idea that a person must and can take the consequences of, or be able and willing to answer for, what he thinks, feels, and does; the ability to assume such responsibility is part of the difference between child and adult, immaturity and maturity, emotional sickness and health. After discussing the strictly deterministic view of psychoanalysis, the author sees in the concept of the adaptability and autonomy of the ego an allowance for an assumption of a limited free choice (free will).

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Article Citation

(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961. Psychoanal. Q., 31:285-286

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