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The Trauma of Birth

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A protégé of Freud, Rank parted ways with his mentor over the controversial theory in this book—that the emotional disorder known as anxiety neurosis is caused by profound psychological trauma which occurs at birth. Thought-provoking coverage of infantile anxiety, sexual gratification, neurotic reproduction, religious sublimation, other topics.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 18th 1994 by Dover Publications (first published 1924)
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Bilgehan
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Doğum travmasından ilk bahseden Freud'dur. Rank tüm nevrozların, fantazilerin, cinsel kimliklerin, libidonun, yaşamın, ölümün kaynağının doğum travması olduğunu öne sürer. Öyle ki Rank'a göre doğum travmasından duyduğumuz kaygı olmasaydı yaşamazdık bile, doğduğumuz gibi ölürdük. Doğum travmasından kaynaklanan kaygı durumu bizi ana rahmine dönmekten, ya da ölmekten alıkoyar. Diğer tüm travmalar da doğum travmasını anımsattığı için travmatiktir. İnsana özgü tüm kaygı ve korku halleri, doğumu veya ...more
Ali Asghari
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Controversial, however in my personal opinion, a master piece. Otto Rank addresses and remarks one of The two greatest episodes in our entire lifes, which are the moment you born, and the moment you die. Seems logical the fact that the experience of being protected, dependent and in harmony with all surrounding suffers a great 180 degrees spin the moment you born, and, as a blank paper, you start writting your own personal book of life... brilliant psychoanalytical work.
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Otto Rank, Freud tarafından yetenekleri fark edildiğinde ne üniversite eğitimi görmüş biri dahi değildi. Freud onu üniversiteye göndererek psikanaliz üzerine çalışmaya devam etmesini sağlamış. Bu süreç sonrası, Otto Rank, Freud’un psikanaliz kuramına karşı bir tez ortaya koyduğu bu kitabında, bahsi geçen doğum travması çocuk üzerinde Freud’un Oidipus Kompleksi tanımlı anne-baba faktörünün aslında doğumla başlayan travmadan daha önemsiz olduğunu dile getirir. Çocuk anne karnından dışarıya ilk ...more
Cangül
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'kişi, hangi cinsten olursa olsun, kendine yakın birini yitirdiğinde, bu ayrılış yeniden ilksel ayrılışı, yani anneden ayrılmayı hatırlatır. acı verici bir çaba gerektiren libidoyu bu kişiden uzaklaştırma görevi ( freud yas tutmanın bu görevi yerine getirmeye yaradığı görüşündedir) ilksel travmanın ruhsal bir tekrarlanışına tekabül eder.'
Greg
Mar 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
A key text in psychoanalysis. Especially if you are looking for the theoretical background of transpersonal psychology. Deals with the imprint the birth process has on the future psyche.
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Her şeyi ama her şeyi doğum anı travmasına bağlıyor tam anlamıyla. Bu kadar iddialı olunmaz ki. Freud'un öğrencisi olarak; boynuz-kulak.
Zachary
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Old Freudian-era psychology is so much fun - even if it has been "debunked" by supposedly superior minds in the past fifty years, and Rank is among the best of this group. The horror of being born is, in short, the primal trauma which triggers all the neuroses of adult life. Amen to that!
Maria Wroblewski
Some interesting and thought provoking ideas; however,too much repetition makes it dull reading.
Deniz Çabuk
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bugünlerde okumuş olduğum Prof. Cengiz Güleç'in Freud isimli kitabında Otto Rank'dan şu şekilde bahsediyor: Çalışkan ve Nevrotik Oğul. Rank 'Doğum Travması' kuramıyla Psikanaliz de ki baba figürünün önemini yerinden ederek annenin önemini ortaya koymuştur. Nevrozların risk faktörünü bebeğin doğumunda oluşabilecek travmatik etmenlere bağlamıştır. Rank'ın 'travma' terimine çok önem vermesi ve baba figürünü sarsıcı radikal görüşüyle Freud'un tepkisini çekmekte gecikmiyor tabi ki. Bu şekil de ...more
Arjun Ravichandran
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Psychoanalytic work that states that the trauma of birth is the foundation around which all of our human neuroses coalesce ; and that we spend the rest of our lives trying to get back to our original Eden, the blissful state of mother-child union.
The premise is suspect(psychoanalysts have this fatal flaw to explain everything in light of their 'grand explanation', and the author can't write very well. Nonetheless, there are some interesting points and the book makes you think.
Micah
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychoanalysis
What if the initial spark and kernel of the human psyche were anxiety? What if "Western" culture was predicated on a vast repression of the maternal-feminine? Can one be "re-born" in analysis, are all "higher" strivings based on a re-experience, denial, or reaction to the primal detachment of birth? Rank has a one-track mind but somehow his speculations are productive.
David
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
opposes Freud -- important for thinking about trauma outside of a repressive model
Izra
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Livre ayant pour théorie la psychanalyse, on n'échappe pas à toute la misogynie, le sexisme et l'homophobie (et hétérosexisme) qu'elle contient. Très pénible à lire.
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Born in Vienna as Otto Rosenfeld, he was one of Sigmund Freud's closest colleagues for 20 years, a prolific writer on psychoanalytic themes, an editor of the two most important analytic journals, managing director of Freud's publishing house and a creative theorist and therapist. In 1926, Otto Rank left Vienna for Paris. For the remaining 14 years of his life, Rank had a successful career as a ...more