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After you perform a search, you can sort the articles by Year. This will rearrange the results of your search chronologically, displaying the earliest published articles first. This feature is useful to trace the development of a specific psychoanalytic concept through time.

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Reppen, J. (2018). What is Psychoanalysis? 100 Years After Freud's Secret Committee; Radical Psychoanalysis: An Essay on Free-Association Praxis: By Barnaby B. Barratt. New York: Routledge, 2013. 240 pp. ; By Barnaby B. Barratt. New York: Routledge, 2016. 231 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 87(1):229-231.

(2018). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 87(1):229-231

What is Psychoanalysis? 100 Years After Freud's Secret Committee; Radical Psychoanalysis: An Essay on Free-Association Praxis: By Barnaby B. Barratt. New York: Routledge, 2013. 240 pp. ; By Barnaby B. Barratt. New York: Routledge, 2016. 231 pp.

Review by:
Joseph Reppen

These two books under review are very similar to each other, as are earlier books by Barnaby Barratt. Now located in South Africa, he has been a world traveler having lived in India, England, Thailand, Michigan, and Harvard where he obtained a PhD. In addition he holds a second doctorate in human sexuality and taught that subject as a professor of family medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit for many years. Invited to South Africa by Mark Solms, he is a training analyst at the psychoanalytic institute and teaches at two South African universities.

Both books suffer from Barratt's erudition and complexity. Where there is a simpler way to express an idea, he chooses a more difficult one. This is not to say that there are no rewards. His extensive reading and knowledge is demonstrated on every page. For example, he translates many of Freud's German words and concepts in a more thoughtful and probably correct way, getting away from Strachey's scientistic and often misleading translations. Perhaps the new translation by Solms will correct some of Strachey's translations. My own reading of Freud in German is that he is an excellent essayist.

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