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Truth And Reality [Paperback]

Otto Rank


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Jan. 1 1981 Norton Library
Anticipating one of the central findings of post-Freudian psychiatry, he argues that truth is irrelevant to the work of therapy. He contrasts the negative externalization of will, which leads to denial and guilt, with the creative power of will, tracing this conflict in both the individual and the history of human society."

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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton (Jan. 1 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393008991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393008999
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 12.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #634,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE lines of thought comprehended in this book constitute a preliminary statement of the final working out of a concept of the psychic which I had anticipated in the work of my youth "Der Kunstler" (1905) almost a quarter of a century ago. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hesitant summary of Otto Rank Aug. 5 2011
By Tommy Schmitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Initially written as a response to the comment on the review above:

I'm glad to know there is someone else out there who wants to understand Otto Rank.

Though I cannot fault the reviewer.

Otto Rank is notoriously difficult to summarize. (And I think he wanted it that way.)

But, if I may presume to summarize Rank, anyway, what Rank is saying is this:

We necessarily obtain self-knowledge, not from within, but from without.. by way of projecting our identities into that which is, for example, scientifically verifyable, or by way of what attracts us or repels us, or keeps us safe, or simply alive, etc.

But why this projecting, why is it necessary? Otto Rank took issue with Socrates... To "know thyself" is simply too big a job, and way too scary... and besides, it generally goes against the grain of the culture in which we are raised.

This puts us all in a fix. On balance, the best we do is trick ourselves into self-knowledge. As individuals and as social groups.

Hence, the necessity of our personal and social delusions. Without our delusions, we could not create culture, and individually we would, generally speaking, go crazy.

In spite of this human quandary something inside tells us there is more. More to understand, more to experience who we are...

This something has two primary aspects: "will" and its intimate companion, "conscious awareness".

This is not the will of Nietzsche, nor of Schopenhauer.

Not the will to power, not the will to no will.

This is, at bottom, the will to awareness, a theme that runs indirectly through the works of Otto Rank beginning with his first, "The Artist" to his last "Beyond Psychology"

And from this early point of closure--which reflects perhaps the initial quarter of what Rank is saying--I point the way to his works... beginning with his last, and then moving on to "Psychology and Soul," and then Robert Kramer's excellent compilation and clarifying of Rank's American Lectures. And then this one, "Truth and Reality," and then "Will Therapy."

But only after you have read Rank's biography by E James Lieberman, MD, and then Jessie Taft's biography of Rank. Taft was Rank's therapy client, student, translator, advisor, job finder, intellectual challenger... she sponsored his entry into the US, and they were dear friends.

That's my hesitantly comprised summary of the essential thinking of Otto Rank.

It could change.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not top rank Aug. 4 2013
By toronto - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably the least accessible of Rank's works. He is notoriously accused of being a confusing writer, but I have never found that, except in this book. This is a very tangled text.

Nevertheless, like all Rank, worth reading: he was a genius, horribly treated by the establishment (the way he was vindictively blackballed in the 1930s by the Psychoanalytic Mafia is astonishing to read about), and under acknowledged. "Art and Artists" is perhaps the best of his writings.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insights into human nature! Sept. 23 2008
By M. Schott - Published on Amazon.com
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As with all of my experiences with Rank, my eyes were opened by reading this book. In it, he discusses the nature, and paradoxes, of a multitude of human experiences. He also provides a compassionate critique of many of the then popular perspectives (i.e., Freudian). While I don't feel it's my place to summarize the book in it's entirety (that's what reading it is for), it certainly was worth the read and has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental reading for the inquirer of personality type. Sept. 27 2011
By Musclehead with a brain. - Published on Amazon.com
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A master of personality theory. Knew when to break from Frued and look for other motivations besides sex. One of my favorite philosophers. A must read for someone trying to get beyond Freudian psychology.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The contents are not as per my expectations.The presentation is jumbled up perhaps because it is translated text. June 30 2013
By Yusof - Published on Amazon.com
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I will be reticent to buy any more book by this author.I will not recommend this book and the author to my friends.

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