Hans Loewald’s contributions to the field of psychoanalysis are many. Through his work Loewald helped to integrate and transform psychoanalytic theory. Hans Loewald is a comprehensive and original theorist on a par with any major post-Freudian thinker, yet neither his ideas nor his person have become the. Int J Psychoanal. Feb;85(Pt 1) Hans Loewald: a radical conservative. Whitebook J(1). Author information: (1)[email protected] Comment in Int.

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His views throughout are undergirded by a bi-directional developmental view that centers on differentiation and integration. It is, however, assuming increasing importance in American psychoanalysis.

Loewald was born in Colmarthen Germany. Drawing on the work of Melanie Klein to integrate pre-oedipal and oedipal phases, Loewald saw internalisationwhen successful, as leading to complete detachment from the original object. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.

He is able to accomplish the difficult feat of remaining non-sectarian and systematic at the same time. Loewald approached language from a perspective that is unique among analytic theorists. The task of ego development is to integrate both parts. Loewald did medical training in Germany – where he also studied philosophy with Martin Heideggerwho would influence him with his theory of language [2] – before taking a medical degree from Rome University in Unlike SullivanDaniel Sternand Freud, whose understanding of language included a sharp distinction between verbal and preverbal expressions, Loewald states that verbal and preverbal expressions are a form of sensory experience.

Hans W. Loewald Memorial Award — IFPE

Gay, Reading Freud p. Mental health entails an open communication and interpenetration between the primary and the secondary process.

The Impossible Profession p. Retrieved from ” https: Loewald’s attractiveness as a theoretician is due, in no small part, to his rigor and synthetic reach. The article examines how Eros, understood in terms of the psyche’s synthetic strivings, plays a major role in Loewald’s theory. His paper hams the waning of the Oedipus Complex is considered particularly illuminating.


While apparently a traditional Freudian, Loewald in his thinking is both elegant and quietly revisionist [1] – a radical conservatist. She suggests that Loewald holds in all of these realms, and without apparent contradiction, a doubled–emphatically ego-psychological and emphatically object-relational–perspective, and an loewal commitment to loewad the first topography and the structural theory. Views Read Edit View history.

Hans Loewald – Wikipedia

These discussions tend to criticize the objectivism of modern science-and analysis in so far as it models itself on science-and stress countertransference and the subjectivity of the analyst.

Loewald described the experience of the transference as comparable to “an illness, insofar as it is a regressive and unsettling experience, not dissimilar to Loewald also wrote an illuminating study of the Freud-Jung relationship under uans title ‘Transference and Counter-Transference’.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His father, who died shortly after his birth, was a Jewish physician with an interest in dermatology and psychiatry; his mother a gifted musician, who played the piano. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Indeed, Loewald’s work contains an integrative vision that is unusual in today’s fragmented psychoanalytic world. The author also situates Loewald’s position within contemporary psychoanalytic discussions of epistemology.

This section does not cite any sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. He distinguishes between the primary process in which the child experiences only sounds fantasyand the secondary process, in which the child gives meaning to these sounds reality. The father presents autonomy to the child and thus loewalc the child from engulfment by the mother, which could lead to ego loss.


Hans Loewald: a radical conservative.

Hans Loewald is a comprehensive and original theorist on a par with any major post-Freudian thinker, yet neither his ideas nor his person have become the basis for a Loewaldian school or approach, and he is not as well known as other innovators of comparable quality. Comment in Int J Psychoanal. Freud saw guilt as something that should be evaded, Loewald regarded it as something that had to be worked loewaldd to complete the individuation process – the passing of habs baton from one generation to the next.

Because of his concern with the autonomy and individuality of the patient, he is concerned with the clinical dangers rising from an overemphasis on the subjectivity of the analyst.

August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Loewald, contrary to Freud, saw the parents as complementary with both advantages and disadvantages of their own.

Hans Loewald’s work was relatively marginalized in its day loeaald it is little known outside the United States. Eros Jonathan Lear Kiekegaard. Loewald’s argument, however, runs in the opposite direction.

Hans Loewald

In this paper the author attempts to characterize the scope and depth of Loewald’s loewwld vision of the psyche and psychic life, or metapsychology, his characterization of the psychoanalytic process, and his vision of the clinical and human goals of psychoanalysis.

This author tries to show how Loewald attempts to reconcile many of the rigid oppositions that often become reified in analytic controversies: Gay, Freud p. Hans Loewald — was a German-American psychoanalyst and theorist.

Psychopathology is caused by a split between these processes, between fantasy and reality.