Otto Rank (1884 - 1939) was an important Austrian writer, teacher and psychoanalyst. Born in Vienna, he was one of Sigmund Freud's closest colleagues for 20 years. Otto Rank's association with Freud began when he presented a brief manuscript in his study entitled "Artist." Freud was so impressed with Rank that he invited him to Vienna and offered to work as a secretary in the famous Psychoanalytic Society in Vienna. Rank became Freud's "right hand", and they were part of the first psychoanalytic movement in history.
Thus, he became a prolific writer of psychoanalytic issues, editor of two analytical journals of the time, managing director of Freud's publishing house, and a very creative theoretician and therapist. In 1926, Rank left Vienna to go to Paris where he lived the rest of his life, there he had a successful career as a teacher, writer and therapist in both France and the United States.
Otto Rank is considered a great pioneer in the fields of existential psychotherapy, transpersonal psychology, Gestalt psychology and humanistic psychology. He died in 1939 in New York at the age of 55.
Here are some of his best celebrity quotes.
Famous quotes from Otto Rank
In the psychic sphere there are no facts, only interpretations of them.
Some refuse the loan of life to avoid the debt of death.
What we achieve internally will change the external reality.
Art is the interpretation of life's dreams.
It seems that life, in order to maintain itself, must rebel from time to time against the incessant attempts of man to dominate his irrational forces with his mind.
Every human being is ... equally not free, that is, we create from freedom, a prison.
Because the only therapy is life. The patient must learn to live, to live with his excision, with his conflict, his ambivalence, since no therapy can eliminate them, since if he could, he would carry with him the true spring of life.
The new meaning of the soul is creativity and mysticism. These will become the basis of the new psychological type and with him or her the new civilization will come.
There is already too much truth in the world, an overproduction that apparently cannot be consumed!
Man works primarily for his self-esteem and not for others or for profit. The person who works for his own satisfaction, the money he receives in return serves simply as fuel, that is, as a symbol of reward and recognition, ultimately, for acceptance by others.
The correct didactic analysis is one that does not differ in the least from curative treatment. How, in fact, will the future analyst learn the technique if he doesn't experience it exactly as it is to apply it later?
For the entire consequence of evolution, from the blind impulse through conscious will to self-conscious knowledge, it seems that it still corresponds in some way to a continuous result of births, rebirths and new births, ranging from the birth of the son of the mother, beyond the birth of the individual from the mass, to the birth of creative work from the individual and, finally, the birth of knowledge from work.
You will not give birth reluctantly.
You will not covet your neighbor's wife, because there are many others.