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Archives Selected papers (1912-1936) of Otto Rank are available through the University Archives and Records Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Includes a table of contents, instructions for accessing, and PDF format for many items.

Biography Lieberman, E. J. (2003) Images in Psychiatry: Otto Rank, 1884–1939. American Journal of Psychiatry, 160, 32.

e-Textbook From the electronic textbook created for undergraduate and graduate courses in Personality Theories by George Boeree of Shippensburg University.

Website E. James Lieberman, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine maintains this website all about Otto Rank. The site features an overview of his theories, biography, quotes, essays and a 30 minute conversation about "will therapy" by Lieberman, and a 45 minute lecture by psychologist Sheldon Solomon about Otto Rank.

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Otto Rank (1914). The Myth of the Birth of the Hero. New York: Vintage. From the website: In this study Rank looks at a a wide variety of Eurasian hero birth narratives, including Greek, Roman, Judeo-Christian, Indian, and Germanic legendary figures. He uses the methodology and vocabulary of classic Freudian psychoanalysis to do so. The middle part of this book, where Rank enumerates some of these tales, will be the most useful for modern readers, as he draws on a wide range of sources, some of them fairly obscure. In the last part he puts these myths 'on the couch' as it were, and ties up his thesis very coherently.

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Dr. Matthew Fox: The Stanford Lectures: An Immersion in Creation Spirituality. What is the Creation Spirituality lineage and Why does it strike fear in the hearts of Inquisitors and Fundamentalists? What does it mean to be Spiritual and adult in the 21st century? What is the future of spirituality, religion and interfaith in our time? Fox answers these questions is a series of videos, using the theories of Otto Rank, the youngest and the most brilliant of Freud's students. (9 minutes, 57 seconds)

Otto Rank on Art. Dr. Matthew Fox: The Stanford Lectures: An Immersion in Creation Spirituality What is the Creation Spirituality lineage and Why does it strike fear in the hearts of Inquisitors and Fundamentalists? What does it mean to be Spiritual and adult in the 21st century? What is the future of spirituality, religion and interfaith in our time? Fox answers these questions is a series of videos, using the theories of Otto Rank, the youngest and the most brilliant of Freud's students. (6 minutes, 50 seconds)

Freud and other psychoanalysts : (left to right seated) Freud, Sāndor Ferenczi, and Hanns Sachs (standing) Otto Rank, Karl Abraham, Max Eitingon, and Ernest Jones. Freud and other psychoanalysts 1922 by Becker & Maass, Berlin - Sigmund Freud Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Call number PR 13 CN 1978:209.39 [item] [P&P]. Retrieved from LOC exhibits. This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c19779. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons


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