History of Psychoanalysis?
February 17, 2012 4:25 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a good book on the history of psychoanalysis. Some more details inside!

I studied a bit of psychoanalysis in college as part of an English course, which got me interested in the history of the movement - how it started, its major early proponents (besides the obvious ones), what other intellectual movements it drew inspiration from etc.

Since then, I've been trying to find a book that covers the history of psychoanalysis itself without focusing exclusively on Freud. Is there some obvious text I've been missing? My taste in these things tends to skew more towards academic books rather than popular ones, but I'll take anything as long as it's interesting.
posted by anaximander to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Janet Malcolm's In the Freud Archives and Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession are not exactly histories, more like profiles with historical content, but they are two of the finest long essays I know of on any subject.
posted by escabeche at 5:49 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Revolution in Mind, by George Makari is supposed to be quite good.
posted by shivohum at 8:16 AM on February 17, 2012

A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr.
posted by conrad53 at 12:55 PM on February 17, 2012

Thanks for the recommendations! I'd actually heart of the Janet Malcolm ones before, but completely forgot about them. (And there are Kindle versions coming out!)
posted by anaximander at 2:18 PM on February 17, 2012

Not quite what you're looking for, but an interesting reframing of psychoanalytic history:
Toward Mutual Recognition
posted by Obscure Reference at 10:57 AM on February 18, 2012

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