20 February 2019

21st February 1892 - Harry Stack Sullivan was born

 On 21st February 1892 Harry Stack Sullivan was born

Sullivan is known as a founder of the interpersonal theory of psychiatry. He considered the important effect of interpersonal relationships, society and culture on the development of one's personality, and any psychological issues. He spent a lot of his time as a psychoanalyst investigating how his clients interacted with others as part of his psychoanalytic therapy. His clinical work included 'a social milieu therapy for the treatment of schizophrenia.'

There is a book 'Harry Stack Sullivan: Interpersonal Theory and Psychotherapy' by F. Barton Evans III that tries to get the modern reader interested in Harry. 'A complex and at times personally difficult man, Sullivan's very important contribution to psychoanalysis, psychology, and social science has not so far received the attention it deserves.'

Harry said 'It is easier to act yourself into a new way of feeling than to feel yourself into a new way of acting'.

Thankyou to Today in the History of Psychology for the date.

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