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

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shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

eli468 | Student

Wilhelm Stekel was a physician and psychologist who was once said to be," Freud's most distinguished pupil." 

Stekel helped to found the first psycho-analytic society. He helped contribute to the theory of neurosis by making significant contributions to symbolism in dreams. He also helped with the theory of fetishism and perversion and the origin of phobias. He was the one who distinguished the difference between,"'normal fetishes' from extreme interests." 

Stekel wrote many books and contributed to many others relating to dreams, psychotherapy, anxiety, sexual problems, behavioral issues, fetishes, and neurosis, among many other topics.

zumba96 | Student

Wilhelm Stekel was an Austrian physician and a psychologist. He was also one of Sigmund Freud's earliest followers. As for his contribution to psychoanalytic theory, that included a theory of neurosis, theories of fetishes and perversion, as well as his criticism to the theory of phobias. He provided 50 books and also launched psychoanalytical journals. He was also the founder of a short-term therapy called active analysis.