Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors
Psychoanalysis -- History -- 20th century, Psychoanalysis -- North America -- Public opinion, Psychoanalysis -- Europe -- Public opinion
The psychoanalytic conflict surrounding lay and medical analysis was a prominent conflict within both the European and American psychoanalytic communities. This thesis is an analysis of that conflict from the time period of 1900-1940. I argue that this conflict is an expression of two conflicting ideas for the disciplinary identity of psychoanalysis. Lay analysts believed that psychoanalysis should be a distinct discipline and be used in a multidisciplinary context. Medical analysts believed that through aligning psychoanalysis with medicine it would obtain professional legitimacy. This thesis also covers concepts of professionalization in disciplines.
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Yoder, Sam, "Lay Versus Medical Analysis: A Conflict Centered on the Disciplinary and Professional Identity of Psychoanalysis" (2012). University Honors Theses. Paper 11.