Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria

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Simon and Schuster, 1997 - Psychology - 124 pages
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An appealing and intelligent eighteen-year-old girl to whom Freud gives the pseudonym "Dora" is the subject of a case history that has all the intrigue and unexpected twists of a first-rate detective novel. Freud pursues the secrets of Dora's psyche by using as clues her nervous mannerisms, her own reports on the peculiarities of her family, and the content of her dreams. The personalities involved in Dora's disturbed emotional life were, in their own ways, as complex as she: an obsessive mother, an adulterous father, her father's mistress, Frau K., and Frau K.'s husband, who had made amorous advances toward Dora. Faced with the odd behavior of her family and friends, and unable to confront her own forbidden sexual desires, Dora falls into the destructive pattern of a powerful hysteria. in this influential and provocative case history, Freud uses all his analytic genius and literary skill to reveal Dora's inner life and explain the motives behind her fixation on her father's mistress. -- from back cover.

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User Review  - DanielSTJ - LibraryThing

This is basic and straightforward Freud. For those initially seeking to understand him and his thesis', I believe that it is important. However, to those who have read his other material (particularly ... Read full review

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In "Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria" Sigmund Freud established the method and pattern of scientific documentation of what we now call a case study. One thing he did was to give his patient a ... Read full review


Fragment of an Analysis of a Case
Hysterical Phantasies and Their Relation
General Remarks on Hysterical

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was an Austrian neurologist and psychologist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Although his theories remain controversial until this day, Freud made a lasting impact on Western culture.

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