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Unformatted text preview: Rank also began to claim that acting out in the psychotherapeutic session was as or more important as talking through, the traditional method of psychoanalytic treatment. This meant that Rank's patients not only talked about, but actually acted out, their infantile traumas. Combined with Rank's emphasis on the birth trauma, this often meant that they pretended to emerge from the womb while Rank played the role of mother or father. This was a practice that Freud, regardless of his friendly feelings toward Rank, could not accept. The conflict was made even worse when, in 1924, Rank traveled to the United States to give a series of lectures on psychoanalysis. There, he claimed that his particular brand of psychoanalysis, with its focus on the birth trauma and acting out, was now widely accept in Europe, even by Freud. Rank's claims were false, since Freud had now widely accept in Europe, even by Freud....
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- Fall '07