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Schiffman, A.C. (1987). Man and Mind. Collected Papers of Jeanne Lampl-De Groot: New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1985. 441 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 56:528-532.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:528-532

Man and Mind. Collected Papers of Jeanne Lampl-De Groot: New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1985. 441 pp.

Review by:
Andrew C. Schiffman

Man and Mind is a collection of the entire published works of Jeanne Lampl-de Groot, compiled on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday. A previous collection, The Development of Mind, published twenty years earlier, has been almost unobtainable, and, of course, is incomplete. Lampl-de Groot's published articles span fifty-six years, from 1927 to 1983, and comprise forty-seven titles. As Anna Freud wrote in the preface to the earlier collection, "The author belongs to a small but prominent group of psychoanalysts who served their apprentices in Vienna in the twenties of the century … when scientific life there was at its height. And when this Society broke up, they dispersed all over the world, to become the mainstay of analytic branches elsewhere, valued teachers in new analytic institutes, editors of or contributors to analytic journals, and guiding figures in the International Psycho-Analytical Association."

The value of this collection is well illustrated by Lampl-de Groot's 1982 paper, "Thoughts on Psychoanalytic Views of Female Psychology, 1927-1977," in which she refers back to her first article, "The Evolution of the Oedipus Complex in Women," published in 1927. She was the first to describe the girl's negative oedipal attachment to her mother, in which she wishes to take her father's place. She asks how she dared to write such an article, with its significant elaboration of Freud's major formulations, at a time when she was a very young analyst with barely five years' experience. She answers that Freud gave her the courage to do it. She was in a personal analysis with Freud before she moved to Berlin in 1925 for further work at that city's Institute.

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