Will Therapy of Otto Rank
Clinical Social Work Journal. In this study I have postulated on teh basis of Rankian philosophy and my own personal and professional experience that 1 self-knowledge in and of itself rarely heals; 2 a client who is accepted by another, in his totality, is able to change; and 3 persons have an inherent need to become fate-determining beings. Engaging the other in a process of willing his own growth is the central aim and way of helping. Thus, the caseworker is not a foe, educator, or passive on-looker; rather, he lends himself , to be used or not as the client chooses. A caseworker who can permit this freedom offers his steadiness as a springboard against and with whom the patient finds his own strength. This process is characterized by a slow coming together, a period of union, and a separation when the newly-won self fears, yet seeks autonomy.
Skip navigation. In his book The Trauma of Birth , Rank stated that birth was extremely traumatic and that one spent his or her whole life trying to recover from the experience of being born and harshly separated from the peaceful womb.
Author: Schmitt, Abraham. Downloaded times since November, For Otto Rank, Will Therapy meant that man was primarily directed by his own will and he was not the victim of either internal or external forces. Therapy then became the process of freeing the client to assume responsibility for his choices and for the direction that his life was evolving. The goal of therapy was to enable the person to accept himself as a separate, unique individual who could risk his newfound emotional freedom for creative self-expression and fulfillment.
Otto Rank was Sigmund Freud's closest collaborator for 20 years. Later, he strongly influenced the development of psychotherapy in the United States. He was the first psychoanalyst to examine mother-child relationships, including separation anxiety. He also was one of the first to practice a briefer form of psychotherapy, called "active therapy. Many of Rank's ideas, including the importance of the ego , consciousness , and the present, have become mainstays of psychoanalytic theory. It was one of his first acts of "self-creation.