Of Polish origin, Wilhelm Stekel initially contacted Freud in 1902 for a short analysis. He then joined
the group of Wednesday evenings
when he met Alfred Adler. It is together with Adler that, following the Weimar congress, he founded, the
Zentralblatt für Psychoanalyse, whose direction they assumed.
Freud's correspondence needs to be read to note the extent of his poor regard for the two above, which caused him many torments. Whereas Adler had broken in a definitive way, Stekel remained much more ambivalent. Taking as a pretext
the difference in opinion regarding the publication of a text by Tausk, Stekel resigned from the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, but refused to give up his position with Zentralblatt
before the First World War ended its publication.
Stekel thereafter tried to join Freud again but the latter did not want to resume the old differences.
Stekel practiced a method of short analysis implying a more
active participation on the part of the therapist. He is not really known to have had any disciples.
Copyright René DesGroseillers.