Prologue: A Gesture Toward a Psychoanalytic Theory of Communication

  • Norbert Freedman
  • Stanley Grand
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 1)


Twenty years ago, René Spitz (1957) published what we deem to be a monumental monograph—“No and Yes.” We single out this work because Spitz may be regarded as the spiritual father of this volume. His was the first gesture in the direction of a psychoanalytic view of communication. Moreover, his work was buttressed by relatively hard data and was developmental in conception. Although we have a psychoanalytic theory of thinking, of drives, and of object relations, we do not possess a psychoanalytic theory of communication. This is remarkable in a discipline that rests heavily on the discourse between people. If this volume can make a fresh beginning in defining those principles which govern the symbolic commerce between people, our efforts will have been worthwhile.


Object Relation Psychoanalytic Theory Sensory Innervation Genital Arousal Mental Organization 
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  • Norbert Freedman
  • Stanley Grand

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