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Berman, E. (1988). Communal Upbringing in the Kibbutz—The Allure and Risks of Psychoanalytic Utopianism. Psychoanal. St. Child, 43:319-335.

(1988). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 43:319-335

Communal Upbringing in the Kibbutz—The Allure and Risks of Psychoanalytic Utopianism

Emanuel Berman, Ph.D.

It is a paradox of Freudian psychoanalysis that, whilst consistently struggling against Illusion, it somehow activates it.

THE FANTASY OF AN IDEAL SOCIETY AND AN IDEAL HUMAN BEING RUNS deep in the history of humankind. Any theory exposing some sources of human misery tempts us to consider its potential usefulness as a springboard for the elimination of that misery. Marx saw himself as an enemy of utopianism, but, as Ernst Bloch and others could demonstrate (Hudson, 1982); (Lukes, 1984), utopian elements do appear in Marxist theory.

Psychoanalysis is no exception to this rule.

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