Studies in Hysteria

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Penguin, 2004 - Psychology - 315 pages
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Hysteria--the tormenting of the body by the troubled mind--is among the most pervasive of human disorders; yet, at the same time, it is the most elusive. Freud's recognition that hysteria stemmed from traumas in the patient's past transformed the way we think about sexuality. Studies in Hysteria is one of the founding texts of psychoanalysis, revolutionizing our understanding of love, desire, and the human psyche. As full of compassionate human interest as of scientific insight, these case histories are also remarkable, revelatory works of literature.

  

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User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

Of course I would be interested in a history of psychoanalysis. Great to see how Freud responds to his hysterical patients and how this develops his early theory of psychoanalysis. Also interesting ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul Johnston - Goodreads

Fascinating insight into freud's early thinking. Also pretty readable apart from some slightly dated approach to the mind/brain. Read full review

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Contents

On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena Preliminary Statement
5
Case Histories
23
Frälulein Anna O Breuer
25
Frau Emmy von N Freud
51
Miss Lucy R Freud
109
Katharina Freud
128
Fräulein Elisabeth von R Freud
139
Theoretical Issues Breuer
187
Intracerebral Tonic Excitation Affects
196
Hysterical Conversion
205
Hypnoid States
216
Ideas that are Unconscious or Inadmissible to Consciousness Splitting of the Psyche
223
Innate Disposition The Development of Hysteria
240
On the Psychotherapy of Hysteria Freud
255
Hysterical Phantasies and their Relation to Bisexuality Freud
307
Copyright

Are All Hysterical Phenomena Ideogenic?
190

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Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in Moravia; between the ages of four and eighty-two his home was in Vienna: in 1938 Hitler's invasion of Austria forced him to seek asylum in London, where he died in the following year.

His career began with several years of brilliant work on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. He was almost thirty when, after a period of study under Charcot in Paris, his interests first turned to psychology, and another ten years of clinical work in Vienna(at first in collaboration with Breuer, an older colleague) saw the birth of his creation, psychoanalysis. This began simply as a method of treating neurotic patients by investigating their minds, but it quickly grew into an accumulation of knowledge about the workings of the mind in general, whether sick or healthy. Freud was thus able to demonstrate the normal development of the sexual instinct in childhood and, largely on the basis of an examination of dreams, arrived at his fundamental discovery of the unconscious forces that influence our everyday thoughts and actions. Freud's life was uneventful, but his ideas have shaped not only many specialist disciplines, but the whole intellectual climate of the last half-century


Nicola Luckhurst is a lecturer in literature at Goldsmith's College, University of London.

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