Listening with the Third Ear

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Macmillan, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 514 pages
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Case histories are used to show that a psychoanalyst's ability to understand and relate to his patients reflects his skills of self-observation and self-analysis

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Its titillating the way Reik sir has explained the psychological behaviour of their patients.... a master piece


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About the author (1983)

Viennese-born psychoanalyst Theodor Reik became Sigmund Freud's pupil in 1910, completed the first doctor's dissertation on psychoanalysis in 1911, and received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Vienna in 1912. He lectured at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute in Berlin and at The Hague. He came to the United States in 1938 and became an American citizen. Reik's lack of medical training led him to found the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in 1948, which accepts lay analysts for membership and has programs for their training. His Listening with the Third Ear (1948) is a stimulating discussion of Freud's development of psychoanalysis and describes in great detail his own cases during 37 years of active practice. Reik's books show great erudition and are written with literary skill; they sparkle "with insights and with witty profundities." He may properly be regarded as "the founding father of archaeological psychoanalysis, " a branch of depth psychology dedicated to the probing of archaeological data from psychoanalytic viewpoints.

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