Archive for the 'Rapaport-Holt Letters' Category

Chapter 9: Letters from 1959–1960

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Topics Discussed:

  • • Rapaport’s translation of Hartmann monograph
  • • Binding and neutralization
  • • Dement’s dream research
  • • Psychoanalytic theory of motivation
  • • Personology

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Chapter 8: Letters of 1958

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Topics Discussed:

  • • Rapaport-Gill papers on metapsychology
  • • Jones biography of Freud
  • • Ego, self, identity
  • • Theoretical issues in research on isolation/sensory deprivation
  • • Regression in the service of the ego
  • • Activity and passivity
  • • Dreams; states of consciousness
  • • Repression and subliminal registration

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Chapter 7: Letters of 1957

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Topics Discussed:

  • • Design of perceptual isolation research
  • • Autonomy from drives and from the environment
  • • Developmental/genetic psychology
  • • Propriety of distributing copies of personal letters without explicit permission

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Chapter 6: Letters of 1956

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Topics Discussed:

  • • Critique of Holt & Luborsky manuscript on selection of psychiatrists
  • • Plans for isolation research
  • • Critique of Colby on metapsychology
  • • Detailed critique of another chapter in Structure of Psychoanalytic Theory
  • • Comments on a research proposed by Leo Berman

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Part 2 of the Rapaport-Holt Letters: A Master-Apprentice Collaboration on Psychoanalytic Theory

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

In February 2013, we posted the first five chapters of letters between David Rapaport and Robert R. Holt, covering the period from 1950 to 1955. Today we are posting the remaining four chapters, which begin in 1956 and continue until Rapaport’s death in 1960. The whole collection provides readers with an extraordinary opportunity to listen in on a remarkably frank critical dialogue between two leading theorists, as they push each other to confront and resolve shortcomings in their respective writings, all the while deepening a friendship of great mutual respect and affection. We are pleased to finally make the full correspondence available for you and we hope that you will take the time to read them. They portray an exemplary intellectual relationship from which we can all learn. The full collection is available under the Rapaport-Holt Letters category.

Click Here to Read: The previous Rapaport-Holt Letters.

 

David Rapaport, late 1950s

David Rapaport, late 1950s

Robert R. Holt, 2014

Robert R. Holt, 2014

Announcing the Rapaport-Holt Letters

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Robert Holt and David Rapaport, Topeka, Kansas, 1948.

Click Here for:  Chapter 1: Letters of 1948–1951

Click Here for:  Chapter 2:  Letters of 1952

Click Here for:  Chapter 3:  Letters of 1952 -1953

Click Here for:  Chapter 4:  Letters of 1954

Click Here for: Chapter 5:  Letters of 1955

I am pleased to make available an extraordinary collection of correspondence between David Rapaport and Robert Holt.

When in response to a call from me, Bob Holt told me that he had a trove of correspondence between him and his mentor, David Rapaport, I was bowled over by the discovery of this treasure. In these letters, which date from 1948 through 1960, the two colleagues both support and challenge one another during a period of remarkable intellectual activity for both of them.

I was a resident at the Menninger School of Psychiatry from 1960 to 1962, years after David had left to go to Austen Riggs, but many members of the staff who were my mentors had trained with him, and all of the residents learned about his brilliance and contributions to the basic science of psychoanalysis. His Organization and Pathology of Thought was a foundational text for us, to be read and reread. Topeka was a place which many had left by the time I arrived: Bob (more…)

The Rapaport-Holt Letters: A Master-Apprentice Collaboration on Psychoanalytic Theory

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

by Robert R. Holt

Late in July 2011, I had an unexpected call from Arnold D. Richards, M.D., an old acquaintance.  He asked if I happened to have any unpublished papers on psychoanalysis; if so, he offered to make them available to their most likely audience through International Psychoanalysis.  It happened that, for about a year, I had been trying to find a publisher for a collection of letters between David Rapaport and me during his final 12 years (1948–1960).  When I mentioned that to Dr. Richards, he at once expressed interest, and at last here we are. (more…)

Chapter 1: Letters of 1948–1951

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Farewell Party for the Rapaports

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farewell Party for the Rapaports, Aug. 1948. Back row: Maryline Barnard, Bob Holt, Elvira Rapaport, Louisa Holt. Front row: Lee Wexler, David Rapaport, Marty Mayman, Milt Wexler. (click to enlarge)

 

Topics Discussed:

  • • “Stimulus Barrier”
  • • Authoritarian personality
  • • Ego autonomy and hierarchical structure
  • • Application of psychoanalysis to the TAT
  • • Underlying mechanistic vs. organismic assumptions
  • • Kant vs. Whitehead

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Chapter 2: Letters of 1952

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Photo_of_George_S._Klein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George S. Klein, co-director of the Research Center for Mental Health. (click to enlarge)

 

Topics Discussed:

  • • Channels of communication
  • • Application of psychoanalysis to the Rorschach
  • • Problems of structural theory
  • • Projection and projective techniques
  • • Autonomy and regression in service of ego
  • • States of consciousness

Plus: A Note on George S. Klein

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Chapter 3: Letters of 1952–1953

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Holt & Luborsky 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert R. Holt and Lester B. Luborsky, 1958. Taken at time of publication of Personality Patterns of Psychiatrists. (click to enlarge)

 

Topics Discussed:

  • • Rapaport’s memories from arrival in U.S., his first job, and his first years at Menninger’s
  • • Holt-Luborsky book Personality Patterns of Psychiatrists
  • • Problems of selecting persons for training in psychiatry and psychoanalysis

Rapaport’s informal, often caustic comments about his first encounters with American psychiatrists and his first colleagues and the account of his early struggles make fascinating reading.

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Chapter 4: Letters of 1954

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvira Strasser Rapaport and Juliet Rapaport in their Stockbridge home, about 1954. (click to enlarge)

 

Topics Discussed:

  • • Immediate memory and reminiscence
  • • Theory of thinking: primary and secondary processes in relation to metapsychology and clinical measurement
  • • Tension reduction

Plus: Staff Seminar Minutes

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Chapter 5: Letters of 1955

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Mert, Les, & Erik

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merton M. Gill, Lester B. Luborsky, and Erik H. Erikson, 1954. (click to enlarge)

 

Topics Discussed:

  • • Problems of research on psychoanalysis
  • • Sigmund Koch and the APA’s Project A on theories of psychology
  • • Rapaport’s decision to do section on psychoanalysis
  • • Holt’s critique of Rapaport’s drafts of The Structure of Psychoanalytic Theory and his responses
  • • Methodology of psychoanalysis

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Persons Mentioned in the Rapaport-Holt Letters

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Persons Mentioned

References for works cited in the Rapaport-Holt Letters

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

References