Clinical Papers and Essays on Psychoanalysis

Author(s) : Karl Abraham

Clinical Papers and Essays on Psychoanalysis

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 1979
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 338
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  • Catalogue No : 2486
  • ISBN 13 : 9780950164779
  • ISBN 10 : 0950164771
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This is the second volume of the works of Karl Abraham, whose Selected Papers on Psycho-Analysis is one of the most widely read and highly valued classics on the subject. The first part of this book contains short clinical papers on a wide range of subjects, including The Psychogenesis of Agoraphobia in Childhood, The Role of Grandparents in the Psychology of Neurosis, The Emotional Relationships of Little Girls towards their Parents, early Infantile Thinking, and others.

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The following sections of the book consist of eight longer essays that make fascinating and instructive reading. For example, that on Dreams and Myths shows how the psychoanalytical method of dream interpretation is used to elicit the inner meaning of myths such as that of Prometheus, as well as Bible stories such as those of Moses and Sampson. Another presents a psychoanalytic study of a painter that contributes to an understanding of artists and their work. The final essay discusses Coué's method of autosuggestion in the light of Freud's work on group psychology.

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Karl Abraham can be considered one of Sigmund Freud's most creative and devoted disciples, and has been one of the most important voices in the development of psychoanalysis. Despite dying young, his key works provide an invaluable contribution to psychoanalysis as one of its most influential founding fathers.

In 1907, he had his first contact with Freud, with whom he developed a lifetime relationship. Returning to Germany, he founded the Berliner Society of Psychoanalysis in 1910. He was the president of the International Psychoanalytical Association from 1914 to 1918 and again in 1925. Abraham collaborated with Freud on the understanding of manic-depressive illness, leading to Freud's paper on 'Mourning and Melancholia' in 1917. He was the analyst of Melanie Klein during 1924-1925, and of a number of other British psychoanalysts, including Edward Glover, James Glover, and Alix Strachey. He was a mentor for an influential group of German analysts, including Karen Horney, Helene Deutsch, and Franz Alexander.

His key works cover the areas of the development of child sexuality and its relation to mental disorders, the development of the libido, cultural issues including work on various myths suggesting their relation to dreams (1909), as well as writing an interpretation of the spiritual activities of the Egyptian monotheistic Pharaoh Amenhotep IV (1912).

Described by Freud himself as his ""best pupil"", his work is increasingly recognised for its importance in the development of psychoanalysis.

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