This is an account of Joseph Wortis' five-month analysis with Sigmund Freud, begun in September 1934. As a young and sceptical psychiatrist, Wortis asked many questions of Freud and kept detailed notes, resulting in a fascinating dialogue about psychoanalytic method....
|Title||:||My Analysis with Freud|
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Notes taken from an interview, Wortis gave.A "trainee" under Freud in the 1930's, Wortis would pay for each 1-hour session the "equivalent" to $20. About Freud,who was in his 70's, Wortis said: "he was a frail and small" man,...but quite "energetic". In the sessions Wortis would be asked to "expose thoughts and feelings"; to be "candid"; to discuss dreams;... so that some "material" could "be brought to consciousness". Some sessions were "good"; yet some led to disappointment, Freud showing "irritation", namely, with Wortis "skepticism".Biographical note In the 1950's Wortis published a book called "Soviet Psychiatry", which involved him learning Russian and have a visit to the then-USSR. He came later under an investigation trying to determine whether he was a communist; he denied it and affirmed: "I must say that my mother always brought me up to feel that it was extremely impolite to ask people what their political views were." About the investigation he commented: ..."inquisitions of this medieval character".
Joseph Wortis may have been the last living analysand of Sigmund Freud at the time of his death in 1995. This account, and others like it, would be of interest to any biographer of Freud, or Wortis for that matter. The author was neither a psychoanalyst nor particularly in awe of the then elderly Freud. It would be interesting to assemble all recollections--or, better, transcripts--of analyses by Freud in a set. Perhaps it has already been done?