The Leader pp 13-30 | Cite as

Freud and His Followers

  • Charles B. StrozierEmail author
  • Daniel Offer


It is said that Freud and his circle put so much emphasis on understanding history, art, literature, religion, and culture generally because, in that early period, they lacked sufficient numbers of patients to discuss psychoanalytic issues among themselves with any degree of scientific rigor. Their real interests were clinical and theoretical, but the only “cases” at hand lay in history, politics, and art and literature.1 While true, the early Freudians were deeply committed to gaining an understanding of the hidden motives and deeper meanings of everything human. The world of the consulting room mattered in special ways (it was the laboratory), but the data it yielded lacked broad theoretical significance unless also applied to culture in the broadest sense. Applied psychoanalysis for the early Freudians was not the frosting on the cake it that it became in later years; everything hung on it.


Psychoanalytic Theory Father Figure Standard Edition Group Psychology Oedipus Complex 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay College, Center on TerrorismNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern UniversityNorthbrookUSA

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