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Lerner, L. (1988). The Psychoanalytic Review and Lay Analysis. Psychoanal. Rev., 75(3):356-360.

(1988). Psychoanalytic Review, 75(3):356-360

The Psychoanalytic Review and Lay Analysis

Leila Lerner

The publication of Freud's monograph was a seminal event for NPAP. Freud's The Question of Lay Analysis, written in defense of Theodor Reik, provides both the foundation and guiding principles for NPAP's philosophy of training. Freud's eloquent defense of non-medical psychoanalysis reminds us of our debt to Reik and of Reik's link to Freud and the pioneering days of psychoanalysis. The three distinguished contributors to this Symposium will explore the history of lay analysis, the many difficulties that have beset its path, its vicissitudes here in New York City, and the specific contributions of Theodor Reik.

But we have another reason to celebrate, for this year marks the 35th anniversary of The Psychoanalytic Review. Now in the ripeness of early maturity, The Psychoanalytic Review has secured a unique place both within the psychoanalytic community and among all those — “whatever their orientation, whatever their professional affiliation — who concern themselves with the promotion of the psychoanalytic study of mind and culture.”

In the broadness of its interests, The Review reaches back in spirit to Freud and his early followers who, in developing the psychoanalytic attitude, did not feel that science and humanism were incompatible.

Founded by NPAP in 1952 and originally called Psychoanalysis, it became the first publication of its kind to be issued by a nonmedical psychoanalytic institute. NPAP was then a fledgling organization in its third year. Theodor Reik became the Editor-in-Chief, and John Gustin — later followed by Clement Staff — the Editor.

Appearing in the first issue were three letters Reik had received from Freud in 1938.

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