Tripti Joshi (Editor)

Kate Friedlander

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Name  Kate Friedlander
Role  Psychoanalyst
Died  1949

Kate Friedlander (born Käte Frankl; also Käte Misch-Frankl or Kate Friedländer-Frankl; 1902–1949) was a pioneering female psychoanalyst, who left Germany for England in 1933, and became a member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society.


Training and contributions

Analysed by Hanns Sachs, Friedlander placed herself squarely in the tradition of psychoanalysis represented by Anna Freud, and encouraged her in establishing the Hampstead Clinic for child therapy, as well as working herself in parallel outreach institutions.

Among her theoretical contributions were an exploration of libidinal elements in the wish to die - the Death drive - and an examination of female masochism through the figure of Charlotte Bronte. She also wrote on the link between crime, and defects in the development of ego/superego.


She was the mother of philosopher Sybil Wolfram (born Sybille Misch). The scientist and entrepreneur Stephen Wolfram and technologist Conrad Wolfram are her grandchildren.

Selected writings

  • ___'On the Longing to Die', International Journal of Psycho-Analysis XXI (1940)
  • ___'Children's Books and their Function in Latency and Puberty' American Imago III (1942)
  • ___The Psycho-Analytic Approach to Juvenile Delinquency (1947)
  • References

    Kate Friedlander Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam
    Ammar Borančić
    Hervé Mariton