Studies in Hysteria

ISBN-10: 0142437492
ISBN-13: 9780142437490
Edition: 2004
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Description: Hysteriathe tormenting of the body by the troubled mindis among the most pervasive of human disorders; yet, at the same time, it is the most elusive. Freuds recognition that hysteria stemmed from traumas in the patients past transformed the way we  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Hysteriathe tormenting of the body by the troubled mindis among the most pervasive of human disorders; yet, at the same time, it is the most elusive. Freuds recognition that hysteria stemmed from traumas in the patients past transformed the way we think about sexuality. Studies in Hysteriais 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.

Rachel Bowlby teaches English, French, and American studies at the University of York. She has written Just Looking: Consumer Culture in Dreiser, Gissing, and Zola; Still Crazy After All These Years: Women, Writing, and Psychoanalysis;and Shopping with Freud.

Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis, simultaneously a theory of personality, a therapy, and an intellectual movement. He was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Freiburg, Moravia, now part of Czechoslovakia, but then a city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the age of 4, he moved to Vienna, where he spent nearly his entire life. In 1873 he entered the medical school at the University of Vienna and spent the following eight years pursuing a wide range of studies, including philosophy, in addition to the medical curriculum. After graduating, he worked in several clinics and went to Paris to study under Jean-Martin Charcot, a neurologist who used hypnosis to treat the symptoms of hysteria. When Freud returned to Vienna and set up practice as a clinical neurologist, he found orthodox therapies for nervous disorders ineffective for most of his patients, so he began to use a modified version of the hypnosis he had learned under Charcot. Gradually, however, he discovered that it was not necessary to put patients into a deep trance; rather, he would merely encourage them to talk freely, saying whatever came to mind without self-censorship, in order to bring unconscious material to the surface, where it could be analyzed. He found that this method of free association very often evoked memories of traumatic events in childhood, usually having to do with sex. This discovery led him, at first, to assume that most of his patients had actually been seduced as children by adult relatives and that this was the cause of their neuroses; later, however, he changed his mind and concluded that his patients' memories of childhood seduction were fantasies born of their childhood sexual desires for adults. (This reversal is a matter of some controversy today.) Out of this clinical material he constructed a theory of psychosexual development through oral, anal, phallic and genital stages. Freud considered his patients' dreams and his own to be "the royal road to the unconscious." In The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), perhaps his most brilliant book, he theorized that dreams are heavily disguised expressions of deep-seated wishes and fears and can give great insight into personality. These investigations led him to his theory of a three-part structure of personality: the id (unconscious biological drives, especially for sex), the superego (the conscience, guided by moral principles), and the ego (the mediator between the id and superego, guided by reality). Freud's last years were plagued by severe illness and the rise of Nazism, which regarded psychoanalysis as a "Jewish pollution." Through the intervention of the British and U.S. governments, he was allowed to emigrate in 1938 to England, where he died 15 months later, widely honored for his original thinking. His theories have had a profound impact on psychology, anthropology, art, and literature, as well as on the thinking of millions of ordinary people about their own lives. Freud's daughter Anna Freud was the founder of the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic in London, where her specialty was applying psychoanalysis to children. Her major work was The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense (1936).

Introduction
Translator's Preface
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
On the Psychical Mechanism of Hysterical Phenomena (Preliminary Statement) (Breuer and Freud)
Case Histories
Fraulein Anna O. (Breuer)
Frau Emmy von N. (Freud)
Miss Lucy R. (Freud)
Katharina (Freud)
Fraulein Elisabeth von R. (Freud)
Theoretical Issues (Breuer)
Are All Hysterical Phenomena Ideogenic?
Intracerebral Tonic Excitation--Affects
Hysterical Conversion
Hypnoid States
Ideas that are Unconscious or Inadmissible to Consciousness, Splitting of the Psyche
Innate Disposition; The Development of Hysteria
On the Psychotherapy of Hysteria (Freud)
Hysterical Phantasies and their Relation to Bisexuality (Freud)

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