Journal title PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE
Author/s Berthold Rothschild
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/1 Language Italian
Pages 12 P. 119-130 File size 400 KB
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The psychoanalysts, as intellectuals, unwittingly might have the role of "useful idiots", i.e., in the sense of serving the interests of a given system of power or values which they apparently oppose, thus abandoning a critical conception of psychoanalysis. As is well known, the expression "use-ful idiots" is attributed to Stalin, who used it to define a certain type of intellectuals. The possible role of psychoanalysts as "useful idiots" is discussed in detail in its various declinations and im-plications, also in the light of the vicissitudes of the movement of leftist psychoanalysts. This pa-per was read at the Third Meeting of the "International Psychoanalytic Network" (Internationale Psychoanalytische Vernetzung) entitled "Are idiots still useful?", held at the Palazzo delle Stel-line, Milan, Italy, June 3-4, 1988.
Keywords: "Useful idiots"; Psychoanalysts as intellectuals; Psychoanalysis and critique of society; Applied psychoanalysis; Sociology
Berthold Rothschild, Introduzione alla problematica degli idioti in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 1/2022, pp 119-130, DOI: 10.3280/PU2022-001014