Who was Wilhelm Stekel and what did he contribute to psychoanalysis?

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Wilhelm Stekel was born in 1868 and died in 1940. He was one of the early pioneers in the field of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is a branch of psychology that examines the nature of the subconscious and its role in the psychological aspects of a person’s behavior.   As Sigmund Freud began...

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Wilhelm Stekel was born in 1868 and died in 1940. He was one of the early pioneers in the field of psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is a branch of psychology that examines the nature of the subconscious and its role in the psychological aspects of a person’s behavior.   As Sigmund Freud began to revolutionize the field of psychology with his exploration of the unconscious, Stekel became one of his primary protégés.

Freud, in his most famous work, The Interpretation of Dreams, cites Stekel’s contribution to his own understanding of the nature of dream symbolism. Stekel himself went on to publish a book with a similar title, The Interpretation of Dreams: New Developments and Techniques posthumously in 1943. His work in dream interpretation is probably what he is best known for.

Stekel, in poor health, committed suicide in 1940.

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