GYULA KAPUSI GÉZA RÓHEIM, THE THERAPIST On the basis of his experiences on the Australian expedition, Geza R6heim learned to place work in the field higher than ivory tower specula- tion. "Only experience gained in the course of field-work can produce new results," he declared.1 This expedition had the same meaning for R6heim the anthropologist, as the analysis couch and practical analysis held for R6heim the analyst. In contrast to his applied psychoanalysis, R6heim's therapeutic activities have received comparatively little attention and we should like to direct attention to the topic here in this article. The first ques- tion that immediately arises is how an anthropologist came to end up among practising psychoanalysts. We shall attempt to approach this prob- lem in terms of psychoanalysis and the psychoanalytic movement. When Freud began developing psychoanalysis as a therapeutic technique, he un- derstood that it could not be learnt the same way as other techniques from textbooks, lectures and demonstrations. He realized that it was only through the analysis of one's own soul that one could discover the general rules of how the soul functions. Through the process of self-analysis he came to the conviction that unconscious mental activity has
East Central Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997
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