What was the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute?

Mental Health Matters


The Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute (later the Göring Institute) was founded in 1920 to further the science of psychoanalysis in Berlin.

Its founding members included Karl Abraham and Max Eitingon. The scientists at the institute furthered Sigmund Freud’s work but also challenged many of his ideas.

Brief History

The Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute grew from the Psychoanalytic Polyclinic (psychoanalytische Poliklinik) founded in February 1920. The Polyclinic allowed access to psychoanalysis by low-income patients. Only some 10% of its income came from patients’ fees; the rest was provided personally by Max Eitingon. It introduced the three-column, or “Eitingon”, model for the training of analysts (theoretical courses, personal analysis, first patients under supervision), which was later adopted by most other training centres. In 1925, Eitingon became chair of the new International Training Committee of the International Psychoanalytic Association. The Eitingon model remains standard today.

The Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute itself was founded in 1923…

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