In 1957 David Rapaport (1911-1960) gave a series of seminars on psychoanalytic metapsychology to the first year candidates of the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis (New Haven, Connecticut). These seminars were never published, but only audio-recorded and then typewritten and assembled in seven folders edited by Stuart C. Miller in 1959: three volumes on "elementary metapsychology" and four volumes on "advanced metapsychology", for a total of about 700 typewritten pages. The participants, beside Rapaport who was always present, were Helen G. Gilmore, Nathaniel J. London, Seymour L. Lustman, George F. Mahl, Stuart C. Miller, John P. Plunkett, Herbert S. Sacks, Roy Schafer, Virginia Suttenfield, and Robert B. White (in some seminars there were also Paul E. Emery, Jean Schimek, David Shapiro, Eugene Talbot, Eugene E. Trunnel, and Ess A. White Jr.). After an editorial note and an introduction, the detailed programs of the seminars of all seven volumes, with the bibliographies and the assignments, are published. At the end there is also the translation of the first pages of the first of the four volumes of "advanced metapsychology". This publication aims at showing the method that David Rapaport had in studying theoretical problems, based on a careful conceptual clarification, analysis of original texts, comparison of the definitions of different authors etc.
Keywords: Psychoanalytic metapsychology; Viewpoints of Freudian metapsychology; Seventh chapter of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams; Seminars by David Rapaport; Psychoanalytic theory