HIS 381 • Birth of Psychotherapy
This course will explore the history of psychotherapy, one of the most important social, cultural, and scientific innovations of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and critically evaluate the various explanations and evaluations of its origins and impact. We will concentrate on its basic history and accounts of its roots in Western religion, culture and science, and will also consider the literature attempting to gauge the ways in which it has affected modern culture. This will be a readings course, and writing assignments will be geared toward responses to various approaches to the study of psychotherapy as a historical phenomenon, both in Europe and America. A final paper will focus on some aspect of the historiography of the topic.
Class Participation: 35% 6 Short response papers: 25% 20 page historiographical essay: 40%
Some Possible readings include (final list will be about 8 books and a packet of articles): Eric Caplan, Mind Games: American Culture and the Birth of Psychotherapy Jerome and Julia Frank, Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy Sigmund Freud, The Question of Lay Analysis , A History of the Psychoanalytic Movement Peter Gay, A Godless Jew Andrew Heinze, Jews and the American Soul William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections Suzanne Kirschner, The Religious and Romantic Origins of Psychoanalysis Phillp Rieff, Triumph of the Therapeutic Yosef Yerushalmi, Freud's Moses Eli Zaretsky, Secrets of the Soul