On the Relativity of Psychological Systems: An Interpretation of Otto Rank's "Man of Humanity"
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The aim of this thesis is a fundamental reconstruction of the depth psychology movement of the 19th century. By focusing attention on the four main members of this movement, Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, C.G. Jung, and otto Rank, the culminating message that these men preached to mankind wil1 be highlighted. A synthesis of this type was attempted by Ira Progoff in his book The Death and Rebirth of psychology. In a paper delivered before The Otto Rank Association in 1974 concerning his (Progoff's), psychological position as outlined in his book, Progoff comments that as he confined his study to these four psychologists, he recognized that each of them passed through a development which took them through three or four stages. Tracing their continuous development therefore became like a study of twelve or sixteen separate individuals.