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Otto Rank - The Creative Artist

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posted on Nov, 22 2016 @ 04:34 PM

Short Summary

While researching I came across a man named Otto Rank[1], born Otto Rosenfeld; April 22, 1884 – October 31, 1939)

He was an Austrian psychoanalyst, writer, and teacher, and one of Sigmund Freud's closest colleagues for over 20 years.
In 1905, at the age of 21, Otto Rank presented Freud with a short manuscript on the "Art and Artist"[2], a study that so impressed Freud he invited Rank to become Secretary of the emerging Vienna Psychoanalytic Society. Rank thus became the first paid member of the psychoanalytic movement, and Freud's "right-hand man" for almost 20 years. Freud considered Rank, with whom he was more intimate intellectually than his own sons, to be the most brilliant of his Viennese disciples.

The Secret Committee

Rank was one of Freud's six collaborators brought together in a secret "committee" or "ring" to defend the psychoanalytic mainstream as disputes with Adler and then Jung developed. Rank was the most prolific author in the "ring" besides Freud himself, extending psychoanalytic theory to the study of legend, myth, art, and other works of creativity.

He worked closely with Freud, contributing two chapters on myth and legend to later editions of The Interpretation of Dreams. Rank's name appeared underneath Freud's on the title page of Freud's greatest work for many years

Beginning of the End

He later wrote the book; "The Trauma of Birth[4]" which marked the beginning of the end of the relationship between Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank.


[1]Otto Rank
[2]Art and Artist
[3]The Interpretation of Dreams - Free PDF
[4]The Trauma Of Birth

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