Freud invented the method and practice of psychoanalysis by placing a non-analyst in the position of analyst for his own “self-analysis.” While his patients remained patients his only true analysands were those colleagues he trained by means of didactic analysis through a form of “co-analysis” done by means of extended intensive sessions accompanied by writing and self-analysis. It is well known that Freud defended the practice of “lay analysis” with the claim that medical or other clinical training was unnecessary for the practice of analysis. In later years various political initiatives developed institutes for the development of lay therapy, co-counseling, and barefoot doctoring throughout Europe, America, and Asia, but none integrated the method and ethic of psychoanalysis until the attempt of Jacques Lacan to found a Freudian School of Paris open to all and employing a rigorous critical method of schooling that has yet to deliver its full effect on humanity.
- Freud - Letters to Fliess
- Freud - Letter to Jung
- Freud - Letters to Ferenczi
- Freud - Papers on Technique
Freud officially inaugurated the new science and method of psychoanalysis in 1900 with his book on Dreamwork - a revolutionary new approach to the science of dream, fantasy, delusion, and the psychic, at once rigorous and open minded. The innovative approach that differentiated his work from traditional shamanism, spiritual psychology, and comparative psychiatry was indicated by his title Traumdeutung - or dream work - which stresses the creation of the dream and construction of its meaning by the individual subject, as opposed to the deceptive title - Interpretation of Dreams - given to it in English which suggests the traditional passive method of a reading of one’s dream by means of a master text. The explosive interest in the psychic, the spiritual, and the occult at this time kept Freud from publishing key sections on telepathy, thought transference, and the collective unconscious. In this seminar we will revitalize a reading of Freud’s radical text for the future of analysis, psychiatry, and a the future of man.
Freud - Interpretation of Dreams (Dreamwork)
Devereux - Psychoanalysis and the Occult (Freud’s Papers on the Occult)
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