By Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
This variation of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's definitive biography of pioneering baby analyst Anna Freud includes—among different new features—a significant retrospective creation through the author.
“Young-Bruehl’s description of 1 of the main complicated yet awesome lighting fixtures in psychoanalytic heritage has stood as a beacon to scholars of psychoanalytic background. it's the most sensible so much conscientiously crafted biography of any psychoanalyst and it illuminates the whole culture with a readability that merely the exploration of the lifetime of the daughter of the founding father of the move might be able to supply. it's a fantastically written insightful and remarkably edifying piece of labor. the easiest has simply acquired better.”
-- Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, collage university London
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In this light, then, I think that the myth I constructed with the golden-haired patient would not have worked if it had had no real material to give substance to it. So, too, a piece of factual or biographical reconstruction on its own would be a purposeless exercise. When Freud started psychoanalysis, he was working within the traditions of David Hume, James Mill, and others. He followed the associative links between one thing that a patient said and another. However, I think that very few psychotherapists today try to understand the patient by slavishly associating one chunk of communication with another.
Why did Iago plot Othello's downfall with such relentless intent? Shakespeare has a convincing answer that could be important to many of us psychotherapists. Why did old Karamazov clown so absurdly? Dostoevsky gives a convincing reason. Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, and George Eliot all had a "theory" of the mind, and it would be possible to distil it out from their writings. Our imaginary Professor of Psychotherapy is in a way right to offer all these alternatives, but, in the way it is presented, it cannot meet the emotional seekings of each individual.
But the impression was soon forgotten; brain anatomy and the experimental induction of hysterical paralyses absorbed all my interest. A year later, I had begun my medical career in Vienna as a lecturer in nervous diseases and in everything relating to the aetiology of the neuroses I was still as ignorant and innocent as one could expect of a promising student trained at a university. One day I had a friendly message from Chrobak, asking me to take a woman patient of his to whom he could not give enough time, owing to his new appointment as a University teacher.