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Psychoanalysis

  • Benjamin B. Wolman

Abstract

Psychoanalysis and related schools became a part of contemporary psychological theory after a long and complicated process of development. Psychoanalysis cannot be traced from the philosophical discussion about the human soul, nor was it born in the atmosphere of the academic Wissenschaft of psychological laboratories. It started in medicine and it was, and partially still is, a part of the medical discipline that grew exceedingly slowly in its endeavor to understand and treat mental disorder. While official medicine rigorously pursued the path of anatomy, histology, and physiology, rebellious psychoanalysis followed in the footsteps of “unscientific,” “mentalistic,” and “metaphysical” concepts repudiated by the official science, and studied the irrational and even parapsychological aspects of human life. Freud and his followers introduced into the area of irrationality the rational method of scientific inquiry and proved beyond doubt that being scientific is not identical with choosing a rational phenomenon but depends upon the method applied in the study of empirical phenomena, irrespective of their being rational or irrational.

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External World Outer World Sexual Excitation Introductory Lecture Oedipus Complex 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin B. Wolman
    • 1
  1. 1.Long Island UniversityBrooklynUSA

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