A Psychoanalyst Replies

  • Norman Reider
Keywords: History, Marxism


It was kind of the editors to ask me to write a reply to Dr. Fedotov's comments about psychoanalysis. It is with mixed feelings that I have agreed to do so, because it is a sort of useless gesture to reply in any polemic way to old arguments which are largely derivative of an official governmental stand of long duration in the Soviet Union, which are not the result of an investigatory openminded attitude towards the nature of psychoanalysis, and which arguments have been answered over and over again in the scientific literature. Nevertheless, the hopelessness of convincing Dr. Fedotov to his satisfaction is somewhat mitigated by the anticipation of a receptiveness on the part of readers to the possibility that Dr. Fedotov's arguments are not the last word in the matter.