A Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and by Louis Breger

By Louis Breger

In 1877, a tender Freud met a longtime medical professional named Josef Breuer and so they begun a collaboration that will result in the ebook of the vintage paintings, Studies on Hysteria. yet by the point it published, Freud was once relocating to set up himself as a tremendous determine within the remedy of mentally unwell sufferers, and might enable nobody stand in his method. He for this reason minimized Breuer’s contributions, betraying his former mentor and benefactor.

In A Dream of timeless Fame, well known psychologist Louis Breger narrates the tale in the back of the construction of reports in addition to the case of Anna O., which helped give a contribution to Freud’s definition of “neurosis.” Breger finds that Freud’s personal self-mythologizing and historical past not just affected every thing he did in existence, but additionally contributed to shaping his rising ideals approximately psychoanalysis. Illustrating the significance of character and social context at the back of an highbrow leap forward, Breger offers an in-depth examine a box that reshaped our knowing of what it capability to be human.

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The second, "Omissions in Psychoanalytic Treatment, "was presented at the 38th Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association, Amsterdam, July, 1993. 34 THE MANY FACES OF DECEIT motivated by shame and guilt. Riviere (1936), in her discussion of the manic defenses of those with negative therapeutic reactions, notes that "certain patients of this type especially withhold from us all 'evidence' of an indisputable character in support of our interpretations. There are degrees to which this resistance can completely defeat an analytic endeavor" (p.

221). He was acknowledging the advances of ego psychology in understanding the variations in functioning of a broader range of latter-day patients who could not be expected to be as amenable to the classic treatment approaches. Freud did not shrink from asking numerous questions of his patients. Looking back, this could have been his effort to counteract the effects of the character pathology underlying conscious deception. Modern trends toward less active questioning could encourage more omissions and gaps than Freud's more actively vigilant stance.

Hanly (1990) contrasts two philosophical theories of truth: the correspondence theory, which holds that there is objectivity in perception and thought and a correspondence between an object and its description; and the coherence theory, which holds that there may be more than one description of the world. He sees the former, which allows for only one truth, as a necessary element in psychoanalysis, in addition to respect for subjectivity, relativity, and psychic reality. Bok (1978) distinguishes between truth and truthfulness: "We must single out ...

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