Brain; A Journal of Neurology Volume 33

Brain; A Journal of Neurology Volume 33

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...for the patient. He strives very hard--unconsciously, of course--to retain the symptom, as it is the only thing left to him from his former unattainable conscious wishings and strivings. The object of the psycho-analytic treatment is to overcome all these resistances and to reconduct to the patient's consciousness the thoughts underlying the symptoms. Here lies the greatest difficulty, for, just as in the normal life and the dream, a psycho-neurotic symptom is merely a symbolic or cryptic expression of the original repressed thoughts To discover the hidden mechanism, one must make use of the author's developed method of interpretation--that is, one must look for symbolic actions, lapses in speech, memory, &c.; and above all, one must resort to the analysis of dreams, as they give the most direct access to the unconscious." It remains to notice those later developments of Freud's theories which are of the highest importance, if true. Concerning these I must be very brief. What is the nature of the tormenting ideas which the patient has repressed, and when emotional "affect" has been "converted" into hysterical symptoms? The answer is that they are always of a sexual nature. The ground of this assertion seems mainly to be that in all hysterical cases which Freud has submitted to his process of psychoanalysis he has found this to be the case, having traced the hysterical symptoms back to some disagreeable occurrence, thoughts, or feelings in the sexual sphere. But this is not all. The simple though sweeping statement that sexual memories are the cause of hysteria has been further elaborated. It is supposed that the primary fact is some disagreeable sexual occurrence in infantile life (say, between the ages of more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844084
  • 9781236844088