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?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 was once right away the heart of significant expert polemics, and whilst, the psychoanalyst who, after Sigmund Freud  Read more...

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Perhaps the best that any individual could accomplish would be a sustained structure with a unified thematic. This, it seems to me, Strachey accomplished. Bettelheim would disagree, strenuously. He is attacking a sacred cow by calling into question The Standard Edition, which scholars and the general public have gratefully used since its publication between 1953 and 1974. The extensive annotations, explanations, cross referencing, and its official authorization by the Freud family and the psychoanalytic establishment, have made it a chief source of reference for those seriously committed to studying Freud’s work.

His interest in children and in infant autism began in Vienna before the experience of fascism, the concentration camps, and exile ruptured it. It resumed after his emigration to the United States, continuing until his death. 14 After surviving the concentration camps, Bettelheim was motivated by his anger about the shameful and pathetic waste of the lives and spirit of emotionally disturbed children. They existed in a confused and anxious state of abysmal misery. Like a prisoner in the camps, an emotionally troubled child remains completely at the mercy of others who believe they know how he should live.

17 36 BETTELHEIM: LIVING AND DYING DYNAMIC FORMULATION Fenichel’s analysis of anti-Semitic personalities underscored the defensive process of projection, particularly a splitting mechanism of the ego where hostile impulses were disavowed and externalized. ”18 Since there was no rational or statistical justification for these accusations, he viewed these vilifications as creations of the antiSemitic imagination. The Jew is a projection, a displacement substitute for the homicidal, dirty, and voluptuous tendencies concealed in the Jew-haters.

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