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The following is an extended version of a talk given by Dr. Michael Blumenfield at the World Psychiatric Meeting in Madrid Spain on September 15, 2014 Introductory Case : I would like to start off with a case history The patient is a 21 year old woman who has some paralysis in the right upper […]

Dr. Thomas KIrsch a well know Jungian analyst is interviewed by Dr. Michael Blumenfield about the recent movie titled ” A Dangerous Method” which is about Carl Gustave Jung. Dr. Kirsch comments about Jung’s psychoanalytic theories as well as his relationship with Sigmund Freud and also his relationship with Sabina Spielrein who was his patient.

A new movie titled A Dangerous Method is reviewed. It is about Carl Gustav Jung played by Michael Fassbender. It also includes Sigmund Freud played by Viggo Mortensen and Sabina Spielrein , one of Jung’s patients, played by Keira Knightley.

A book titled “Vienna Triangle” by Brenda Webster is reviewed by Dr. Blumenfield. This novel examines the relationships between Sigmund Freud, Viktor Tausk, Lou Andreas-Salome and Helene Deutsch. Although it is a fictional account, it is based on the research by the author of the lives of these people and their interactions. It includes various love affairs, accusations of plagiarism and the role of Freud in the suicide of Tausk. Following the book review , Brenda Webster answers five questions asked of her by Dr. Blumenfield.

The author recalls a debate held at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in the 1970s between psychoanalysts and sex researchers Masters and Johnson. The topic was vaginal vs. clitoral orgasm. Freudian psychoanalytic theory, the Women’s Movement and research in sexual function were aspects of the debate as well as important topics of the time and all have evolved in subsequent years.


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