Psychotherapy in the Third Reich: The Goring Institute

Psychotherapy in the Third Reich: The Goring Institute

by Geoffrey Cocks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195042271

ISBN-13: 9780195042276

Pub. Date: 01/08/1987

Publisher: Oxford University Press


In Psychotherapy in the Third Reich, Geoffrey Cocks focuses on a curious phenomenon which has heretofore escaped notice: even at the zenith of Nazi persecution, the profession of psychotherapy achieved an institutional status and capacity for practice unrivaled in Germany before or since.
This book shows how, despite the professional disruptions and moral

Overview


In Psychotherapy in the Third Reich, Geoffrey Cocks focuses on a curious phenomenon which has heretofore escaped notice: even at the zenith of Nazi persecution, the profession of psychotherapy achieved an institutional status and capacity for practice unrivaled in Germany before or since.
This book shows how, despite the professional disruptions and moral derelictions of life under Hitler, German psychotherapists turned peril into opportunity. The man chiefly responsible for fostering the practice of psychotherapy was Matthias Heinrich Göring, a cousin of Nazi leader Hermann Göring. Under the protection of the Göring name, a full-fledged institute was established in Berlin, funded by the German Labor Front, the Luftwaffe, and the Reich Research Council.
In addition to examining the conditions that allowed psychotherapy to flourish during this period, Cocks treats broader issues, such as what a society's treatment of mental illness says about the culture as a whole, and why psychoanalysis was seen as "Jewish" and a threat to the state, while psychotherapy received the support of Hitler's regime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195042276
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/08/1987
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

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