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Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction  

Daniel Pick

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
Published Online: 
Jul 2015
eISBN: 
9780191782404
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226818.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199226818
A Very Short Introduction
4. Oedipus

4. Oedipus  

Daniel Pick

in Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191782404
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226818.003.0004
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chapter
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9780199226818
4. Oedipus Ever since Freud formulated the Oedipus complex, wrote the analyst Hanna Segal, ‘it has been recognized as the central conflict in the human psyche—the central cluster of conflicting impulses, phantasies, anxieties and defences. It has therefore become the centre of psychoanalytic work.’ It is indeed a pivotal idea in psychoanalysis, and one that has also been the source of withering criticisms.
7. Further innovations and controversies

7. Further innovations and controversies  

Daniel Pick

in Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2015
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Jul 2015
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9780191782404
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199226818.003.0007
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chapter
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9780199226818
7. Further innovations and controversies In an interview in 1990, Laplanche protested against the ‘social adaptation of the profession’. He sharply criticized those seeking to impose upon analysis ‘any pre-established social aim’, arguing that the treatment ‘is purely a personal question’. He rejected the distinction between clinical and theoretical matters, questioning the privileged category of training analysts (those selected by their organizations in order to analyse would-be analysts), and any assumption that the field itself belongs to the formal analytical societies anyway. Ego psychology A tradition that became prominent in post-war America, ‘ego psychology’, was an old and obvious target

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