Nazi Psychoanalysis, Volume I: Only Psychoanalysis Won the by Laurence A. Rickels

By Laurence A. Rickels

Psychoanalysis was once a symptom of every thing the Nazis reviled: an highbrow attack on Kultur mostly perpetrated by means of Jews. It was once additionally, as this notable revisionary paintings exhibits, an inescapable symptom of modernity, practiced, remodeled, and perpetuated by way of and in the Nazi regime. A sweeping, magisterial paintings via some of the most incisive and engaging students of recent philosophy, conception, and tradition, Nazi Psychoanalysis stories the breadth of this phenomenon with the intention to make clear and deepen our knowing not just of psychoanalysis yet of the 20th century itself. Tracing the intersections of psychoanalysis and Nazism, Laurence A. Rickels discovers startling conjunctions and continuities in writers as assorted as Adler and Adorno, Kafka and Goethe, Lacan, H. Rider Haggard, and Heidegger, and in works as diverse as Der Golem, Civilization and Its Discontents, Frankenstein, Faust, and courageous New international. In a richly allusive sort, he writes of psychoanalysis in multifarious incarnations, of the idea that and genuine background of "insurance," of propaganda in idea and perform, of mental struggle, Walt Disney, and the Frankfurt tuition debates-a dizzying travel of the 20 th century that is helping us see how the "corridor wars" that come up during theoretical, medical, social, political, and cultural makes an attempt to explain the human psyche are on the topic of the realm wars of the century in an intimate and infinitely advanced demeanour. although a few have used its appropriation via the Nazis to model psychoanalysis with the political odium of fascism, Rickels in its place unearths an uncanny convergence-one that implies far-reaching chances for either psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic feedback. His paintings, with its huge, immense highbrow and old span, makes a persuasive argument that no part of modernity-not psychoanalysis any longer than Marxism or deconstruction, cultural revolutions or technological advances-can be accurately understood and not using a thorough attention of its Nazi part. Laurence A. Rickels is professor of German and comparative literature on the collage of California at Santa Barbara. His books contain The Vampire Lectures (1999), The Case of California (2001), and the edited quantity appearing Out in teams (1999), all released through Minnesota.

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Then I added the caption: The Dream of the Two Spy-ders, and then the interpretation of the dream was clear: the work with the German prisoners made me feel like a double spy-(der), or two spies, spy and counter spy, German and American, my brother Peter in one army, I myself in another army. (107–8) One touchdown in the Prometheus complex deserves another, but this one takes off. Grotjahn’s auto–case study overflows with the coordinates that Nazi Psychoanalysis will be getting into (as in “digging”) for the longer time it takes for us (like in a session after a whole season in therapy) to “stay with” the links or juxtapositions that are there but otherwise so easily re-repressed.

August Aichhorn, one of the first and few analytic experts on adolescence, was up-front about it: he sent a list of diverse analytic terms to Kemper with the request that, for his information, they be corrected to bring them up to date with current usage. In 1944 Kemper committed to writing that it was never a question of replacing certain objectionable terms but that the whole libido theory, for example, had to be rethought, brought into alignment with the new direction. Instead of issuing a decoder, Kemper suggested that Aichhorn create a brand-new language of terms and thoughts.

The Nazi peacetime effort had divided the therapeutic labor of the institute among three deep approaches in support of the war steadfastness of the Germans, soldiers and civilians alike: psychological warfare, frigidity or sterility in women, and male homosexuality that in its final tally counted one promotion and two cure-all efforts. The three-part program was reshuffled for hitting the deck with war on. Psychological warfare was still the number one promotional. Preparedness for war would now be addressed up close, in more direct terms, given the prospect of war neurosis, 24 — STEADY STATE which the institute would counter and contain with research on the best treatment methods and with a steady supply of specially trained military psychologists.

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