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The Double: A Psychoanalytic Study

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  6 reviews
I am convinced beyond doubt that this is a book that is a must read" by all clinicians whether psychotherapists or psychoanalysts. The vignettes illustrate clearly psychoanalytic concepts that are usually difficult to grasp and quite useful for teaching purposes." Dr Antoine Hani, Director of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Washington.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Karnac Books (first published 1914)
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Allyson
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The translation of this work by Otto Rank made for easy reading. Rank's work on the double was reworked on a number of occasions, but was originally released in 1914 and influenced Freud's 1919 essay on the uncanny. Rank does an interesting reading of different 19th century writers to show how the concept of the double is prevalent in writers as diverse as Edgar Allen Poe, ETA Hoffman, Dostoyevsky, Jean Paul, Heine, Alfred de Musset and others. What seems most interesting is the fact that it is ...more
Andy
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite useful to add texture to the atmos into which Freud sent his "The Uncanny," but on its own not especially energizing. Still, people who write on doubles should have palindrome names.
Conrad
Mar 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating early work of psychoanalysis on the divided self, neurosis, and paranoia, written by a man who was himself paranoid, neurotic, and divided. Rank said elsewhere that paranoia was a symptom of latent homosexuality, and of course he was allegedly that, too.

I wish I owned a copy (good luck!) because even though it's been ten years or so since I read it, I remember it being engaging, short, and eminently quotable.
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The persistent and provocative emergence of the Double, or Doppelganger, in myth and fable, legend and literature, is the subject of this extraordinary study by one of the great pioneers of psychoanalysis, Otto Rank. Ranging in sources from the tale of doomed Narcissus, to Dostoevsky's novel "The Double," to Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray," this outstanding book also draws upon a wealth of ethnographical and anthropological material to support the thesis that the "Double" in an ...more
Claudio Valverde
Excelente estudio acerca de la idea del doble a partir de distintas obras literarias. El estudio psicológico enrededor de la idea del doble es exhaustivo. Lectura muy recomendable en es especial para psicologos o estudiantes de psicología, de hecho Otto Rank fue uno de los discíplos de Sigmund Freud.
John
Nov 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure that "like" really applies to this book, which is a discussion of the psychoanalytic concept of the double, using primarily German literature. The slim volume certainly provided a lot of food for thought. I enjoyed the book.
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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
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