The Psychobiology of Adolf Meyer | Harry Stack Sullivan and Interpersonal Psychoanalysis | The Interpersonal School of Psychoanalysis | Object Relations | Attachment and Loss | Real Relationships Versus Intrapsychic Factors
Although interpersonal theory is most commonly identified
with the work of Harry Stack Sullivan, IPT's pluralistic
approach traces its lineage more directly to the work of Adolf Meyer.
One of Sullivan's strongest influences, Meyer was a leading
figure in American psychiatry in the first half of the twentieth
century. He was steeped in the Kraepelinian medical-nosological
approach, which was the predominant orientation of American psychiatry
in the 1920s. However, he was also influenced by the American philosophical
school of pragmatism, which emphasized observable behavior, and
by the emerging field of social science.