genes and biochemistry

“For me The Technique of Child Analysis was a fascinating museum piece of orthodox psychoanalytic conviction. It is a sort of prayer book, and for those who are believers they will find in it lots of rules and regulations. To skeptics, however, it is wondrous how no one challenged more of this while Anna Freud was still alive. For example, although she was herself without any medical training whatsoever, she can comment about the effects of “interruptions” in treatment: “It is very much a question of the type of illness treated. With the severely ill child, either borderline or autistic,” and so on.24 Now the problem here is that she claims not only to be dealing with “illness,” but even thinks that autism is a problem amenable to psychoanalytic influence. A whole generation of parents of autistic children suffered unnecessary guilt feelings since they were encouraged to think that it was somehow their fault (and not a matter of genes or biochemistry) that their children were so tragically different.”

Paul Roazen – The Trauma of Freud

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“As we were reflecting back on the history of ideas, Marc Francois noted how, when Lacan was “put out of the IPA,” he had compared himself to Spinoza being excommunicated as a Jewish dissident (At that time Lacan had stated: “I am not telling you — but it would not be impossible — that the psychoanalytic community is a Church. And yet, incontestably, the question arises of what within it offers a kind of echo of religious practice.”11) In my dealings with Marc-Francois, it was clear that he was a keen student of intellectual history. For example, he emphasized the fact that St. Thomas had known Aristotle but not Plato, and he reminded me that in Aristotle the Platonic dialogue disappears.”

Paul Roazen – The Trauma of Freud

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“Glover had also been the analyst of Melanie Klein’s daughter, Melitta Schmideberg. Cherchez la femme is no idle historical principle. Although it has widely been alleged in Kleinian circles that Glover behaved improperly about Melitta, I think, on the basis of my interviews in the 1960s with both of them, that she was, as her mother thought, mentally ill. I do not think that Glover handled the situation successfully, for he allowed himself to get sucked into a seductive set-up. Melitta had private scores of her own to settle against the woman she referred to with me as “Mrs. Klein.” But Glover may well have come to the conclusion, with the backing of Anna Freud and her Viennese allies, that now was the propitious time to strike at Kleinianism. I do not have any idea of what can be meant by one particular biographical note: “Many of those present felt that Jones was unable to control Melitta.”11 What was Jones supposed to have done? Melitta was already qualified as a member of the British Society.”

Paul Roazen – The Trauma of Freud

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