By David James Fisher
"A self-declared 'critical admirer' and ultimate convinced of Bruno Bettelheim, David James Fisher succeeds with as balanced and nuanced a portrayal as turns out attainable of the nature, the lifetime contributions, and the ultimate justifications of a so much debatable psychoanalytic eminence. Bettelheim used to be without delay the heart of significant expert polemics, and whilst, the psychoanalyst who, after Sigmund Freud and Erik Erikson, has had the best influence at the wider tradition of the 20 th century. Fisher's booklet is extremely instructed analyzing for all excited about the interaction of principles and personas within the evolving historical past of the psychoanalytic position within the scheme of human development." Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D., Emeritus Professor and previous Chair, division of Psychiatry, college of California, San Francisco institution of drugs. "These glowing own essays on Bettelheim, a pathbreaker of contemporary ego psychology, who has been savagely attacked and deprecated considering that his loss of life seventeen years in the past, restoration the fellow and his paintings in ancient, scientific, and human context for the modern clinician and knowledgeable reader. Fisher has performed a perfect activity of bringing this advanced, interesting determine to life." Peter J. Loewenberg, Ph.D., Professor of historical past and Political Psychology, collage of California at la, former Director of schooling, New heart for Psychoanalysis in la. "David James Fisher has written a relocating, own portrait of Bruno Bettelheim as philosopher, author, and pal. His tale of Bettelheim over the past years of his existence makes for riveting studying, as does his balanced view of either Bettelheim's character and his many contributions to psychoanalysis and the therapy of disturbed kids. Fisher's paintings is a invaluable quantity within the background of psychoanalysis in the United States, and a superb narrative approximately this greatly complicated man." Joseph Reppen, Ph.D., Editor, Psychoanalytic Psychology and Chair, Council of Editors of Psychoanalytic Journals.
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14. Bruno Bettelheim, A Good Enough Parent: A Book on Child-rearing (New York, 1987). 15. Bruno Bettelheim, Truants From Life: The Rehabilitation of Emotionally Disturbed Children (New York, 1955); Bruno Bettelheim, The Empty Fortress: Infantile Autism and the Birth of the Self (New York, 1967). 16. Bruno Bettelheim, A Home for the Heart (Chicago, 1974). 17. Bruno Bettelheim, “On Writing Case Histories,” in Bettelheim, Truants From Life, pp. 473-478. 18. Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales (New York, 1975); also see Ruth B.
My own speculation is that Erikson’s ambivalence about his own Jewishness, his shame, guilt, and possible hatred of himself as a Jew are being expressed in these passages, just as is his ultimate rejection of Jewishness. The future theoretician of identity had difficulty in acknowledging and identifying with his own Jewish mother and Jewish stepfather, Homburger. Too cosmopolitan and sophisticated to become a ghetto Jew, he could not accept the uncertainties that resulted from “Jewish relativism” in the area of psychological knowledge and ethical values.
Freudian terminology has penetrated into everyday speech. Freud’s words have evolved into a universe of their own; his language has decisively shaped our conception of subjectivity, despite its uncertain destiny. Language was central in understanding Freud’s theoretical orientation; the repercussions of Freud’s words were vast for those engaged in therapeutic endeavors and in humanistic enterprises. Thus, how Freud was translated can largely determine how he was read and how his ideas were applied.
Bettelheim: Living and Dying. (Comtemporary Psychoanalytic Studies) by David James Fisher