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September 23, 1950

Principles of Psychodynamics

JAMA. 1950;144(4):357. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920040071050

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Abstract

This volume represents an attempt to present systematically the fundamental principles of psychodynamics and the problems concerning the various forms of identification on which interpersonal relations are based. The author has also elaborated in considerable detail the "ego psychology" of Dr. Paul Federn, with whom he has been in close contact for more than 40 years. The author feels that the "ego psychology" described constitutes the most important contribution to Freudian analytic psychology in the past 30 years. He has interpreted these theories in accordance with his personal views. Discussions concerning dynamics of the ego, the revised concept of narcissism, the relation between the "sense of reality" and "reality testing" and the nature of the schizophrenic process have been given special attention.

The material presented is, of course, of a highly technical and theoretic nature; however, it should be of considerable value to all students of psychodynamic theory.

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