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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The father presents autonomy to the child and thus protects the child from engulfment by the mother, which could lead to ego loss.

The psychoanalytic vision of Hans Loewald.

The paper includes brief reflections on how to assess psychoanalytic theories, like Loewald’s, developed before empirical research that seems to challenge them. The task of ego development is to integrate both parts.

Loewald’s ooewald, however, runs in the opposite direction.

Loewald, contrary to Freud, saw the parents as complementary with both advantages and disadvantages of their own. This section does not cite any sources. Comment in Int J Psychoanal.

Hans Loewald

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 August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Loewald was born in Colmarthen Germany. Loewald approached language from a perspective that is unique among analytic theorists. Lewald Read Edit View history.

The psychoanalytic vision of Hans Loewald.

Freud saw guilt as something that should be evaded, Loewald regarded it as something that had to be worked haans to complete the individuation process – the passing of the baton from one generation to the next. This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat It is, however, assuming increasing importance in American psychoanalysis.

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Loewald also wrote an illuminating study of the Freud-Jung loedald under the title ‘Transference and Counter-Transference’. Psychopathology is caused by a split between these processes, between fantasy and reality.

Hans Loewald – Wikipedia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. While apparently a traditional Freudian, Loewald in his thinking is both elegant and quietly revisionist [1] – a radical conservatist. The author also situates Loewald’s position within contemporary psychoanalytic discussions of epistemology. In this paper the author attempts to characterize the scope and depth of Loewald’s theory–his 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.

Gay, Reading Freud p. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Hanw Policy. Eros Jonathan Lear Kiekegaard.

Loewald’s attractiveness as a theoretician is due, in no small part, to his rigor and synthetic reach.

The Impossible Profession p. His father, who died shortly after his birth, was a Jewish physician with an interest in dermatology and psychiatry; his mother a gifted musician, lloewald played the piano.

Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Mental health entails an open communication and interpenetration between the primary and the secondary jans. His views throughout are undergirded by a bi-directional developmental view that centers on differentiation and integration.

He is able to accomplish the difficult feat of remaining non-sectarian and systematic at the same time.

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. Retrieved from ” https: 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.


Hans Loewald is a comprehensive and original theorist on a par ahns any major post-Freudian thinker, yet neither his ideas nor his person have loesald the basis for a Loewaldian school or approach, and he is not as well known as other innovators of comparable quality. Hans Loewald’s work was relatively marginalized in its day and it is little known outside the United States.

Indeed, Loewald’s work contains an integrative vision that is unusual in today’s fragmented psychoanalytic world.

His paper of the waning of the Oedipus Complex is considered particularly illuminating. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. 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 equal commitment to both the first topography and the structural theory.

He distinguishes between the primary process in which hqns child experiences only sounds fantasyand the secondary process, in which the child gives meaning to these sounds reality.

This author tries to show how Loewald attempts to reconcile many of the rigid oppositions that often become reified in analytic controversies: 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.