Groddeck, Georg. The book of the it. New York : International Universities Press, I am not to make fine phrases serious, instructive, and, as far as possible, scientific. For what has my humble self to do with science?
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Early life[ edit ] Groddeck was born in a Lutheran family. In he published Nasamecu. Der gesunde und der kranke Mensch The healthy and the sick person , where "nasamecu" stands for the Latin motto " Natura sanat, medicus curat " Here Groddeck offers his understanding of what happens to the bones, muscles, the importance of food, talk about blood circulation, the eyes, the whole human body and what happens to this body when it obeys the orders of Isso unconscious.
According to these orders, a person becomes "healthy" or "sick. After reading it and promoting its publication Freud commended Groddeck to the Berlin Psychoanalytic Association. He goes on to say "Groddeck was the only analyst whose views had some effect on Freud", and "while he accepts and employs much of the heavy equipment of the master, he is separated forever from Freud by an entirely different conception of the constitution and functioning of the human psyche.
Now I think we shall gain a great deal by following the suggestion of a writer who, from personal motives, vainly asserts that he has nothing to do with the rigours of pure science. I am speaking of Georg Groddeck, who is never tired of insisting that what we call our ego behaves essentially passively in life, and that, as he expresses it, we are "lived" by unknown and uncontrollable forces.
I propose to take it into account by calling the entity which starts out from the system Pcpt. Groddeck is considered by many as a founder of psychosomatic medicine — his reservations against strict science and orthodox medicine made him an outsider among psychoanalysts till today. He attended the congress of the German psychoanalytic association in He was invited to lecture to the British Psychoanalytic Society in , and invited by Felix Boehm to lecture at the Berlin Institute in Eitingon disliked Groddeck until being treated by him in , after which he regarded him warmly.
His therapy connects naturopathic treatment with psychoanalytic, suggestive and hypnotic elements. His foot and arm bath, massages and dietary cuisine are still practised today,  although the bold doctrine of salvation, where he vigorously massaged his patients, is necessarily quite authoritarian, and a more reserved approach would be judged appropriate today.
The Book Of The It