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December 1930

Grundzüge einer genetischen Psychologie.

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By Otto Rank. Teil I. Price, 8 marks. Pp. 166. Teil II. Gestaltung und Ausdruck der Persönlichkeit. Price, 5 marks. Pp. 104. Leipzig: Franz Deuticke, 1927-1928.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(6):1301-1302. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220180198022

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The first volume of this work consists of a lecture course given at the New York School of Social Work, the second of a course given at the Pennsylvania School for Social and Health Work in Philadelphia. Rank aspires to a new orientation of psychoanalysis. He feels that his previous attempts in this direction have not been sufficiently taken into account by other psychoanalysts. For Rank, anxiety is the central problem of the neuroses. The revision which Freud has made with regard to the problem of anxiety in his "Hemmung, Symptom und Angst," Rank refers to his own contributions. But he regrets that Freud has not gone the whole way of his own solution of the problem of anxiety, and credits this—as also the negative attitude of other psychoanalysts—to personal "resistances." According to Rank, the mechanism of the transformation of libido into anxiety has never been cleared up. Even if