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Goldberg, S.H. (1987). Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985: Hitler's "Table Talk" as Psychoanalytic Source Material. Stanley A. Leavy. Pp. 609-616.. Psychoanal Q., 56:732.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985: Hitler's "Table Talk" as Psychoanalytic Source Material. Stanley A. Leavy. Pp. 609-616.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:732

Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985: Hitler's "Table Talk" as Psychoanalytic Source Material. Stanley A. Leavy. Pp. 609-616.

Steven H. Goldberg

Dr. Henry Picker, one of the dutiful underlings of Hitler during his military operations of 1941-1942, kept a stenotyped record of the Führer's comments, which he labeled "Tischgespräche," or "table talk," and subsequently published. An attempt is made by Leavy to examine this text from a psychoanalytic point of view, in order to gain insight into Hitler's mind. The assumption is made that the passages recorded in a given evening were linked to each other in a manner similar to free association, thus rendering them amenable to analytic inquiry. Two passages are analyzed in this manner, involving a variety of postulated unconscious fantasies, ranging from omnipotence to world destruction and self-destruction. Leavy concludes that, although there is nothing uniquely "Hitlerian" about these fantasies, the fantasy of omnipotence was realized in fact, and the hidden intentions could be enacted.

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Goldberg, S.H. (1987). Contemporary Psychoanalysis. XXI, 1985. Psychoanal. Q., 56:732

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