Excerpt from On Freud's Psycho-Analytic Method and Its Evolution
But while no man, however able, can without long study master the details of this method, every man who would be liberal or scientific can and should master its principles and give the move ment his generous sympathy and support.
What is psycho-analysis, and what, in general, are its aims? Psycho-analysis is a method of investigating and treating nervous invalidism and (incidentally) faults of character, which owes its strength to the fact that it searches and studies in detail, so far as this is practicable, all the significant experiences through which the patient to be treated has passed, and the motives and impulses which have animated him at psychologically important moments of his life, even since his earliest childhood. In doing this it discovers, not, indeed, all the causes of the disorder from which he snfiers, but a large number of important partial causes, and thus prepares the way for the inﬂuences tending toward recovery. This definition is, I think, substantially correct, but it needs some explanation, amplification and qualification.
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