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Freud at Work

On the History of Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice, with an Analysis of Freud's Patient Record Books

By Ulrike May

© 2018 – Routledge

366 pages

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Presenting a new frame of reference, the author argues that Freud's theories are not the result of his genius alone but were developed in exchange with colleagues and students, which is not always apparent at first glance. Replete with examples, the author reconstructs who the theories were addressed to and the discursive context they originally belonged to, thus presenting fresh and surprising readings of Freud's oeuvre. The book also offers a glimpse into Freud's practice. For the first time, Freud's patient record books which he kept for ten years, are being reviewed, offering readers the hard facts about the length and frequency of Freud's analyses.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ABBREVIATIONS

SERIES EDITOR’S FOREWORD

INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

PART I

FREUD AND HIS STUDENTS

 

CHAPTER ONE

How the concept of narcissism came into being: from Ellis and Näcke to Sadger and Freud

 

CHAPTER TWO

Abraham’s discovery of the "bad mother" : a contribution to the history of the theory of depression

 

CHAPTER THREE

From anger to reflection: remarks on Freud’s commentary on an early paper by Karl Abraham (1907)

 

CHAPTER FOUR

Karl Abraham's revolution of 1916: from sensual sucking to the oral-aggressive wish of destruction

 

CHAPTER FIVE

Towards Karl Abraham’s "A Short Study of the Development of the Libido" (1924): August Stärcke’s contribution to the theory of orality

 

CHAPTER SIX

On the early history of anal erotism (1905–1924)

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

Thinking up the death drive: remarks on Freud’s research projects, his ambitions and his vision of the primacy of sexuality

 

 

 

PART II

FREUD AND HIS PATIENTS

CHAPTER EIGHT

Fourteen hundred hours of analysis with Freud: Viktor von Dirsztay

 

CHAPTER NINE

Freud’s patient calendars (1910–1920): On the duration and frequency of 36 of Freud’s analyses

 

SOURCES

REFERENCES

INDEX

About the Author

Ulrike May, PhD, is a practising psychoanalyst in Berlin and a member of the Karl-Abraham-Institute Berlin, the German Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytical Association. She has published two books: Freuds frühe klinische Theorie (1894–1896): Wiederentdeckung und Rekonstruktion and (together with Elke Mühlleitner) Edith Jacobson: Sie selbst und ihrer Objekte. Leben, Werk, Erinnerungen, as well as numerous papers on the history of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Together with Michael Schröter she recently presented a critical edition of Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle, including the first version of 1919.

About the Series

The History of Psychoanalysis Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General