The 'Wolfman' and Other Cases

Author(s) : Sigmund Freud, Editor : Adam Phillips

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The 'Wolfman' and Other Cases

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  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Published : January 2002
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 384
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 86393
  • ISBN 13 : 9780141183800
  • ISBN 10 : 0141183802

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This collection offers a fantastic opportunity to see Freud in a fresh light. This endlessly beguiling, suggestive, thought-provoking writer can be appreciated nowhere more vividly than in "The Case Histories": "Little Hans", "The Rat Man", "The Wolf Man" and "Some Character Types Met within Psychoanalytic Work".

Contents: Analysis of a phobia in a five-year-old boy ("Little Hans"): introduction; case history and analysis; epicrisis; postscript to the analysis of Little Hans. Some remarks on a case of obsessive-compulsive neurosis (the "Ratman"): case history; theoretical remarks. From the history of an infantile neurosis (the "Wolfman"): preliminary remarks; survey of the patient's milieu and medical history; seduction and its immediate consequences; the dream and the primal scene; some matters for discussion; obsessive-compulsive neurosis; anal eroticism and the castration complex; supplementary material from earliest childhood - solution; recapitulations and problems. Some character types encountered in psychoanalytic work: exceptions; those who founder on success; criminals who act out of a consciousness of guilt.

About the Author(s)

Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in Moravia; from 1860 until Hitler's invasion of Austria in 1938 he lived in Vienna. He was then forced to seek asylum in London, where he died the following year. He began his career as a doctor, specialising in work on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. He was almost thirty when his interests first turned to psychology, and during ten years of clinical work in Vienna he developed the practice of what he called ""psychoanalysis"". This began simply as a method of treating neurotic patients by investigating their minds, but it quickly grew into an investigation of the workings of the mind in general, both ill or healthy. Freud demonstrated the normal development of the sexual instinct in childhood and, largely on the basis of an examination of dreams, arrived at his fundamental discovery of the unconscious forces that influence our everyday thoughts and actions. Freud's ideas have shaped not only many specialist disciplines, but have also influenced the entire intellectual climate of the last century.

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Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English Department at the University of York. He is the author of several well-known volumes, all widely acclaimed, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, Going Sane, Side Effects and recently On Kindness, co-written with historian Barbara Taylor, On Balance, Missing Out and One Way and Another.

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