Year: 1973 Source: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, v.37, no.4, (1973), p.341-354 SIEC No: 19832096

After Freud’s death, there was considerable controversy raging around the concept of the death instinct. Dr. Menninger was among the minority of psychoanalysts who accepted the concept. When he was invited to address a joint meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association on May 10 1939, he chose this topic to present some of his most controversial ideas on the death instinct.