Educated at the University of Zurich and the University of Basel where he studied theology, philosophy and psychology, Pfister received his degree in 1898. He was ordained a minister and served in Wald near Zurich until 1920.During these years, he also held various teaching positions. He was introduced to the writings of Freud in 1908 by his friend Carl Jung and later worked with Jung and Bleuler. In 1913, he published The Psychoanalytic Method, which was prefaced by Freud. During the Jung-Freud split, Pfister sided with Freud and helped to establish the Swiss Society for Psychoanalysis. Pfister was a prolific writer and produced hundreds of papers and books on the techniques of psychoanalytic therapy. He also kept up an ongoing correspondence with Freud until the latter's death in 1939. The American Psychiatric Association has established the Oskar Pfister Prize for work in religious psychology. His many works include Some Applications of Psychoanalysis (1920), Analytic Soul-Searching (1927), The Illusion of a Future (1928) and Christianity and Fear (1944).
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