Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To access PEP-Web support…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you click on the banner at the top of the website, you will be brought to the page for PEP-Web support.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Stein, M.H. (1996). Samuel A. Guttman 1914-1995. Psychoanal Q., 65:623-626.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 65:623-626

Samuel A. Guttman 1914-1995

Martin H. Stein

Sam Guttman died on the 18th of September, 1995, after a long and distressing illness, leaving us an invaluable legacy for which we remain lastingly grateful.

It must have been in the late fifties that I met Sam at some committee or other of the American Psychoanalytic Association. It did not take me long to realize that I had come across a remarkable person marked by brilliance, humor, and unusual creativity—and not without a few quirks of character. Many were lovable, such as his exceptional generosity of spirit and his sparkling wit; others required sympathetic understanding which, once given, led to admiration and lasting friendship. Never dull, he was, on the contrary, a man of great interest and complexity, to a degree unusual even in our profession. Above all, he had a profound knowledge and love of psychoanalysis. We became close friends and remained so until his death.

Soon after we met some thirty-seven years ago he described what struck me as a fantastic plan to encourage the development of psychoanalysis and its practitioners. He thought there would be an important place for a new type of group activity, one that would function as a learning process for mature psychoanalysts. It would be a country-wide, essentially leaderless organization which would give its participants the opportunity to spend time with one another in a neutral atmosphere, free of the usual stress and political considerations that inevitably color one's thinking and discussion within one's own institute and at meetings of the American.

Groups

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.