By Anna Bentinck van Schoonheten
Karl Abraham: lifestyles and paintings, a Biography is the 1st entire biography of Karl Abraham (1877-1925), a detailed colleague and buddy of Sigmund Freud and the most vital pioneers of psychoanalysis.
Abraham was once the 1st psychoanalyst in Germany, the place he led to an exceptional flourishing of psychoanalysis. His clinical-theoretical contributions fast turned classics that experience powerfully encouraged the advance of psychoanalytic thought. He used to be the 1st to enhance a psychoanalytic concept of melancholy, a number of years earlier than the e-book of Freud’s Mourning and Melancholia. Abraham used to be either manager and analyst to Melanie Klein, on whose theoretical paintings he had a profound influence.
In the Twenties Abraham was once crucial analyst of the psychoanalytic move after Freud. He used to be president of the overseas Psychoanalytical organization, president of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society, and a member of the key committee. He was once serious about a few significant conflicts of the early years of psychoanalysis, and after his demise he used to be more often than not blamed for them. to that end, Abraham, so hugely valued in the course of his existence, was once usually reviled after his loss of life.
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105 But it can surely not have been as simple as that. Hilda was writing in 1970 when she was well into her sixties and her mother approaching ninety. 106 Hedwig, Karl Abraham’s wife, was emphatic in her judgements and opinions and she provided Hilda with information for use in the biography of Karl. Hilda was nineteen when her father died, so much of the information must have come from her mother. Karl’s father, Nathan, was strictly orthodox and his life revolved around his religion, so his son’s decision must have been very difﬁcult for him.
It was as if, as a very young boy, he had been so anxious that he repressed that feeling for ever. This had far-reaching consequences, both for himself—he took great risks climbing mountains, for example—and for others. He might fail to notice that his children were feeling fearful, and sometimes he had the same blindness with regard to his patients. Abraham’s own fear no doubt had to do with the fact that he felt his mother had disappeared, in an emotional sense, after her miscarriage. On top of that, he grew up in the same house as his severely disturbed aunt Jeanette, who sometimes smashed everything in her room.
Liepmann eventually opted for the real world and moved away from philosophy with its purely mental constructs. He started work at Dalldorf as a neurologist and psychiatrist in 1899 and carried out a great deal of brain research. His specialist ﬁeld was apraxia, a term he introduced in 1900 to refer to the inability to carry out intentional acts or certain combined actions despite the absence of any muscular paralysis or sensory disorder. The cause lies in damage to speciﬁc parts of the brain. Liepmann gained his Habilitation in 1901 and became an honorary professor.