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Wilson, E., Jr. (1994). Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986: The Collection of Evidence. The "Psychoanalytic Movement" and the Poverty of the Psychoanalytic Institution. Johannes Cremerius. Pp. 1063-1091.. Psychoanal Q., 63:402-403.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986: The Collection of Evidence. The "Psychoanalytic Movement" and the Poverty of the Psychoanalytic Institution. Johannes Cremerius. Pp. 1063-1091.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:402-403

Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986: The Collection of Evidence. The "Psychoanalytic Movement" and the Poverty of the Psychoanalytic Institution. Johannes Cremerius. Pp. 1063-1091.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

This is a resounding critique of the process by which psychoanalysis has been institutionalized, at the cost of compromise and forfeiture of its scientific goals. These compromises include some embarrassing and unfortunate ones made by Freud himself—not only his treatment of independent thinkers among his followers, but even opportunistic political ones vis-à-vis the military during World War I with respect to the treatment of war neuroses, and with the National Socialist regime concerning the Berlin Institute. Cremerius has made a detailed study of the documents relating to these events and feels that the compromises that developed, with their emphasis on the end justifying the means, reflect generally on the development of psychoanalysis as an institution.

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Cremerius criticizes the admission process, which frequently excludes the gifted researcher and the seeker after truth rather than the believers. He criticizes the power politics involved in institutions, and the training analysis as a function of this political process. He claims that lay analysis is another victim of this institutionalization. By this collection of evidence about the connections between the psychoanalytic movement and its institutionalization, Cremerius sees consequences that Freud did not foresee. It is his hope that we can discover the reasons for the deterioration of psychoanalysis as a method of critical inquiry, and anticipate possible revision.

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Article Citation

Wilson, E., Jr. (1994). Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986. Psychoanal. Q., 63:402-403

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