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.
Yoder, Sam, "Lay Versus Medical Analysis: a Conflict Centered on the Disciplinary and Professional Identity of Psychoanalysis" (2012). University Honors Theses. Paper 11.