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How did the International Journal of Psychoanalysis impact the field of psychology?
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The so-called “Vienna School” of psychoanalysis represented a radically-different approach to the study of psychology. Its emergence during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and most closely identified with the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, injected an entirely new element into the field of psychology, with its emphasis on the interpretation of dreams and its efforts at delving into the human subconscious, and its extraordinary visibility thanks in no small part to Freud’s emphasis on sexual identification and repressed sexuality. In order for a new or transformative academic field to take hold and expand its influence, however, it generally requires an instrument in which contending theories and supplemental research can be shared across the academic and professional communities. Such an instrument takes the form of a journal, in which researchers can publish their research and findings and receive greater feedback than would otherwise be possible. Such was the case with the emerging school of psychology known as psychoanalysis. In 1918, Ernest Jones, a British psychoanalyst, president of the International Psychoanalytic Association, and biographer of Freud, wrote to the latter suggesting the establishment of a professional journal unique to the field of psychoanalysis. In 1920, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis was founded. The new journal’s impact on the field of psychology was the role it played in providing a forum for psychologists and others engaged in the study of psychoanalysis to share data and findings and to further the institutionalization of psychoanalysis as an independent branch of psychology. The journal continues to be published, and continues to provide a forum for contemporary study into the field of psychoanalysis.
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