WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF ACTIVE ANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Wilhelm Stekel was born on March 18, 1868, in Boyan, Bukovina (now Romania), and died in London in 1940.A neurologist by training, Stekel was one of the founding members of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Circle. He was analysed by Freud, also a member, but left thePsychoanalytic Society in 1912 because of his disagreements with him. He felt that a “cult of orthodoxy “surrounded psychoanalysis, and that it was forbidden to doubt the master’s words. The dogma and rigidity of psychoanalysis seemed to him to be limiting and dangerous. He favoured a movement away from orthodoxy to what hecalled “independent analysis.”
Stekel had a most successful career. He was a prolific writer, with a totalof 369 publications (compared to Freud’s 363). He helped to popularizepsychoanalysis through his journalistic writing style and his desireto educate the public.
Stekel was the first to speak of the bipolarity of emotions…
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