Acts of Will: The Life and Work of Otto Rank

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
Once Freud's most favoured student and associate, Otto Rank came to be reviled by the psychoanalytic establishment that formerly revered him. This biography exposes the hostile, at time libelious treatment of Rank in the standard histories of psychoanalysis and shows him to be a great analytic pioneer of this century. His influence was felt not only by mental health professionals, but also by such artists and writers as Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Paul Goodman and Max Lerner.
 

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Likely the finest histories of the development of psychoanalysis ever written. His meticulous research, Lieberman provides the reader with a look into the personal and intellectual life of Otto Rank ... Read full review

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Michael Pisani
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the work of Otto Rank. What is most informative is the method Dr. Lieberman has chosen to describe Rank's intellectual and personal
development in the milieu of Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century.
The book is a rarity among biographies of the pioneers in psychology and their theories of the formation of the self. In essence, "you are there" in Vienna during Rank's formative years, his association with Freud, and the development of his thinking about the self. And the reader becomes an informed observer, invited to some of the regular meetings of the "Ring" of selected followers at Prof. Freud's residence during the early years of the development of the theories of psychoanalysis.
Dr. Lieberman discusses the human facets of this group of individuals who formed the core of the first practitioners of psychoanalysis and were devoted followers of Freud. He takes the reader through the development not only of Rank's ideas but how they relate to and differ from the ideas of the members of Freud's select group. The reader is witness to their collaborations, rivalries,libels, and-eventually-their own personal and professional separation from the "leiter".
The definitive "rebirth" of Otto Rank in the history of psychology.
 

Contents

An Adolescent Diary l
1
Selfmade Soul
25
Sigmund Freud
45
The Little Society
67
The Psychoanalytic Movement
95
War and Marriage
131
The Committee
161
Active Therapy and The Trauma of Birth
193
Independence
261
The Art of Life
295
Anais Nin
327
Will
355
Epilogue
391
Chapter Notes
421
Bibliography
449
Index
471

Breaking with Freud
227

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