Will psychoanalysis fulfill its promise?
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2012
Copyright © 2012 Institute of Psychoanalysis
The International Journal of Psychoanalysis
Volume 93, Issue 2, pages 377–399, April 2012
How to Cite
Wallerstein, R. S. (2012), Will psychoanalysis fulfill its promise?. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 93: 377–399. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2011.00547.x
- Issue published online: 4 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2012
- (Final version accepted 27 October 2011)
- autonomous institute within the university;
- independent psychoanalytic institute;
- department-of-psychiatry-affiliated institute;
- psychoanalytic research
Although Freud had aspirations of a university structure for psychoanalytic education the sociopolitical structure of the Austro-Hungarian empire precluded this, and psychoanalysis developed by default in the central European heartland within a part-time, private-practice educational structure. With its rapid spread in the post-World-War-II United States, and its ready penetration of American academic psychiatry, a counter educational structure arose in some quarters: the department-of-psychiatry-affiliated institute within the medical school. This article outlines beyond these other, more ambitious, academic vistas (the David Shakow model, the Anna Freud model, the Menninger Foundation, Emory University (USA), AP de BA (Argentina)); conceptions even closer to the ideal (idealized) goal of full-time placement within the university, with strong links to medicine, to the behavioral sciences and to the humanities. The putative advantages of such a structure are presented.