A Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis

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Basic Books, 2009 - Psychology - 146 pages
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In 1877, a young Freud met an established physician named Josef Breuer and they began a collaboration that would lead to the publication of the classic work, Studies on Hysteria. But by the time it released, Freud was moving to establish himself as a major figure in the treatment of mentally ill patients, and would let no one stand in his way. He consequently minimized Breuer’s contributions, betraying his former mentor and benefactor.

In A Dream of Undying Fame, renowned psychologist Louis Breger narrates the story behind the creation of Studies as well as the case of Anna O., which helped contribute to Freud’s definition of “neurosis.” Breger reveals that Freud’s own self-mythologizing and history not only affected everything he did in life, but also helped shape his emerging beliefs about psychoanalysis. Illustrating the importance of personality and social context behind an intellectual breakthrough, Breger provides an in-depth look at a field that reshaped our understanding of what it means to be human.

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Review: A Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis

User Review  - Triecia Gibney - Goodreads

This is an excellent easy to read book about Freud and the beginnings of psychoanalysis. It provides a fascinating account of the relationship between Freud and his mentor Breuer, particularly around ... Read full review

Review: A Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis

User Review  - Marcus Silva - Goodreads

The book is not great, but has some useful information. Specially biographical info on Josef Breuer and Anna O. The main problem I found is the poor judgment of the author and the lack of ... Read full review

Contents

one Exploring the Irrational l
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three A Scientist Treats the Passions
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Josef Breuer and Anna O
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About the author (2009)

Louis Breger is Professor Emeritus of Psychoanalytic Studies at the California Institute of Technology and a founding president of the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is an expert in the field of psychoanalysis. He is the author of the acclaimed biography Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision. He lives in Woodacre, California.

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