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December 9, 1922

Psychoanalysis and the Drama.

JAMA. 1922;79(24):2027. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640240061038

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Our literary critics have just begun to realize that it is enough to read Shakespeare for his glorious song without being agitated over his plots, his philosophy or his inner meaning. Perhaps they are beginning to be a little weary of the psychanalysts. Sometimes a dramatist writes a play just to be entertaining; sometimes he makes a small idea into a three act play. What is to become of us if we must attend the play for its inner philosophy? Don't the psychanalysts ever enjoy a play? For example, the "Eyes of Youth" was a pleasant conceit in which a somewhat vague minded leading lady in a soiled dress was enabled, through crystal gazing, to see three possible futures. Now to Dr. Jelliffe and Miss Brink the play showed that:

One who has been submerged in the power of the baser unconscious wishes and the conflict with them, as in

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