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"Work and love; these are the basics. Without them there is neurosis." -- Theodor Reik
Theodor Reik (12 May 1888 in Wien — 31 December 1969 in New York City) was a prominent psychoanalyst who trained as one of Freud's first students in Vienna, Austria. Reik received a Ph.D. degree in psychology from the University of Vienna in 1912. His dissertation, a study of Flaubert's Temptation of Saint Anthony, was the first psychoanalytic dissertation ever written. After receiving his doctorate, Reik devoted several years to studying with Freud, who financially supported Reik and his family during his psychoanalytic training. During this time, Reik was analyzed by Karl Abraham. Reik, who was Jewish, emigrated from Germany to Holland in 1934 and to the United States in 1938 in flight from Nazism. In 1944, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Rejected from the dominant community of medical psychoanalysts in the United States because he did not possess an M.D. degree, Reik went on to found one of the first psychoanalytic training centers for psychologists, the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, which remains one of the largest and best-known psychoanalytic training institutes in New York City.

As part of Reik's conflict with the medical psychoanalysis community, he participated in the first lawsuit which helped define and legitimize the practice of psychoanalysis by non-physicians.

Reik is best known for psychoanalytic studies of psychotherapeutic listening, masochism, criminology, literature, and religion.

Reik's first major book was The Compulsion to Confess (1925), in which he argued that neurotic symptoms such as blushing and stuttering can be seen as unconscious confessions that express the patient's repressed impulses while also punishing the patient for communicating these impulses.

Reik further explored this theme in The Unknown Murderer (1932), in which he examined the process of psychologically profiling unknown criminals. He argued out that because of unconscious guilt, criminals often leave clues that can lead to their identification and arrest.

In Masochism in Modern Man (1941), Reik argues that patients who engage in self-punishing or provocative behavior do so in order to demonstrate their emotional fortitude, induce guilt in others, and achieve a sense of "victory through defeat."

Reik presented a forceful criticism of traditional Freudian theory in A Psychologist Looks at Love (1944). Freud had believed that love is always based on some form of sexual desire. Reik argued, to the contrary, that love and lust are distinct motivational forces.

In Ritual: Four Psychoanalytic Studies (1946), he uses psychoanalytic te shed light on the meaning of couvade, puberty rites, and the Jewish rituals of Yom Kippur and shofar.

Reik's most famous book, Listening with the Third Ear (1948), describes how psychoanalysts intuitively use their own unconscious minds to detect and decipher the unconscious wishes and fantasies of their patients. According to Reik, analysts come to understand patients most deeply by examining their own unconscious intuitions about their patients.

In his psychoanalytic autobiography Fragments of a Great Confession (1949), Reik turned a psychoanalytic ear toward his own life, interpreting his inner conflicts and their influence on his writing and relationships.

The Secret Self (1952) comprises a number of essays of psychoanalytic literary criticism, in which Reik tried to decipher the unconscious fantasies and impulses lying beneath literary works. In this book, Reik continued to develop his interest in the relationship between his own personality and his work, exploring how his internal conflicts shaped his interpretations of literary works.

In Myth and Guilt (1957), Reik investigated the role of guilt and masochism in religion.

In "The Creation of Woman" Reik investigated and analyzed the second story of the creation of Eve in Genesis from Adam's rib. He supported his conclusion that the genders were reversed. It's not Eve that's born from his rib, it's the second birth of Adam into the world of men, leaving the world of the mother. His book "Ritual" contains evidence to support how secret keeping and 'initiation rites' in native societies in modern times are about leaving the world of the feminine, entering the masculine world.

Reik's theories were a strong influence on the French psychoanalytic theorist Jacques Lacan, and anticipated recent developments in US psychoanalysis, such as its current emphasis on intersubjectivity and countertransference. Reik's legacy for nonmedical psychoanalysis in the US is equally important. The training of nonmedical analysts, such as psychologists and social workers, is now largely accepted, partly because of Reik's efforts. It is also worth mentioning that the philosopher Frank P. Ramsey was his patient, during a prolonged stay in Vienna with that purpose.

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Total Books: 39
The Secret Self - Psychoanalytic Experiences in Life and Literature
From Thirty Years With Freud
2008 - From Thirty Years with Freud (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781443725699
ISBN-10: 1443725692

The Creation Of Woman A Psychoanalytic Inquiry Into The Myth Of Eve
2007 - The Creation of Woman a Psychoanalytic Inquiry Into the Myth of Eve (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780548082942
ISBN-10: 0548082944

The Temptation
2007 - The Temptation (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780548084229
ISBN-10: 054808422X

Psychology Of Sex Relations
2007 - Psychology of Sex Relations (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780548142134
ISBN-10: 0548142130

Of Love And Lust - On The Psychoanalysis Of Romantic And Sexual Emotions
2007 - Of Love and Lust - on the Psychoanalysis of Romantic and Sexual Emotions (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406741575
ISBN-10: 1406741574

El humorismo Judio/ Jewish Wit
2006 - El Humorismo Judio/ Jewish Wit [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788493480912
ISBN-10: 8493480916
Genres: History, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nonfiction

El humorismo Judio/ The Jewish Humor
2006 - El Humorismo Judio/ the Jewish Humor [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788493489014
ISBN-10: 8493489018
Genres: History, Nonfiction

Love and Lust On the Psychoanalysis of Romantic and Sexual Emotions
Le Silence en psychanalyse
1998 - Le Silence En Psychanalyse (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782228891325
ISBN-10: 2228891320

Le besoin d'avouer
1997 - Le Besoin D'avouer (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782228891042
ISBN-10: 2228891045
Genre: Nonfiction

Listening With the Third Ear The Inner Experience of a Psychoanalyst
1983 - Listening with the Third Ear the Inner Experience of a Psychoanalyst (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780374518004
ISBN-10: 0374518009
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

1975 - Of Love and Lust [CONDOR BOOKS] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780285647756
ISBN-10: 028564775X

The Haunting Melody Psychoanalytic Experiences in Life and Music
The Haunting Melody Psychoanalytic Experiences in Life and Music [Da Capo Press Music Reprint Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780306761386
ISBN-10: 0306761386
Genres: Arts & Photography, Reference

The Search Within The Inner Experiences of a Psychoanalyst
The Search Within the Inner Experiences of a Psychoanalyst (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780308701434
ISBN-10: 0308701437

Of Love and Lust On the Psychoanalysis of Romantic and Sexual Emotions
Myth and Guilt the Crime and Punishment of M
Myth and Guilt the Crime and Punishment of M (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780448002446
ISBN-10: 0448002442
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Unknown Murderer
Unknown Murderer (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780686739975
ISBN-10: 0686739973

Creation of Woman
Creation of Woman (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780705181303
ISBN-10: 0705181308

The Unknown Murderer
The Unknown Murderer (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780823683208
ISBN-10: 0823683206
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Medicine, Medical Books

Compulsions to Confess On the Psycho Analysis of Crime  Punishment
Compulsions to Confess on the Psycho Analysis of Crime Punishment [Essay index reprint series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780836928563
ISBN-10: 0836928563
Genre: Reference