Freud and his Discontents: an Aetiology of Psychoanalysis, Synopsis

Freud and his Discontents is a book which covers Freud, his early life and family and his journey towards developing psychoanalysis. Some of his central works are also discussed. In addition, the members of the Wednesday Club (the Psychoanalytic
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    Freud   an aetiology of psychoanalysis   and his discontents derek dey   A synopsis of Freud and his Discontents follows with sample pages: the book is available as an epub download   Note:   Freud and his Discontents is a book which covers Freud, his early life and family and his journey towards developing psychoanalysis. Some of his central works are also discussed. In addition, the members of the Wednesday Club (the Psychoanalytic Society) who met with Freud in his rooms in Vienna from 1902 at Berggasse, 19, are described towards the end of the book. The society included Stekel, Adler, Klein, etc and CG Jung for a short while. The Society followed his analysis on the case of Anna O which arguably lent both structure and dynamics to his central work on psychoanalysis. Studies in Hysteria 1895 followed as did his Interpretaion of Dreams in 1899. FreudÕs later work on Leonardo da Vinci is covered as is Totem and Taboo and Moses and Monotheism. FreudÕs theoretical postulates on the structure of the self, the unconscious, Libido and drives are also included. The Wednesday Society followed his published work on Dreams shortly after but not all in this group were in agreement with Freud nor with each other so a number of psychologists left to devlop their own career resulting in a creative diaspora which, along with CG Jung and Jungians, supplies us with a rich textural Þeld of clinical psychologies; this is discussed towards the end of the book. CG Jung was an early dissenter, however there is a substantial overview of FreudÕs life and works Þrst, where Freudians and dissenters are still refered to this day even in the recent Þeld of PsychoNeurobiology. Freud touched on the neuron, but it was Santiago Ram—n y Cajal who developed the Neuron Doctrine. FreudÕs fear was that work in the area of neurons would negate his psycholoanalytic work at the time, yet he came close to providing the neuron doctrine himself. Nevertheless it is from his early years with a nanny and his troubled family that we see his Oedipal conßict arise before he set to work on his theory. The current book is in epub format and available for download at the link provided or at Smashwords under the name of the author and the title of the book.    Copyright © 2019 by Derek Dey    All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof   may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever   without the express written permission of the publisher/author   except for the use of properly cited quotations in any media.   Published in Denmark First Publishing, 2019   Dey-Hanehoj   Malurthaven 36   2730 Herlev, Denmark   ISBN 978-87-971308-0-3   The extract follows from the foreword       Foreword:  My interest in Freud lingered in the wings of scepticism for quite some time. I had thought about writing a work on the psychology of the creative self but soon realized Freud could not simply be bypassed as he is one of the founders of modern psychology. There are others like CG Jung who worked simultaneously on psychological theory and for a time in co- relation to Freud. Nevertheless, the Freudians, tied to the Wednesday Psychological Society, who met early in FreudÕs apartment in Vienna, cannot be ignored either. Indeed many went on to o !         er both developmental and substantially di  !         erent ideas but might not otherwise have done  much when we consider these early friendships, discontents, and dynamics predicated to FreudÕs work. The Psychoanalytic Society (the Wednesday group) kept psychoanalysis vital as a discipline and opened us to further avenues explored beyond FreudÕs work. Nevertheless, FreudÕs Oedipal theory emerged from an early and introspective period through 1897 where his seminal, ÔInterpretation of DreamsÕ also surfaced soon afterwards in 1900. ÔDreams,Õ introduced the notion of the unconscious to the public. The Oedipal theory o !         ered Freud's idea of a Ôfamily romance,Õ libido, instinctual drives, and his psychosexual theories  along with pathologies. Much of all this came to deÞne Freudian thought but The Oedipal theory developed further by 1910, o !         ered a radical change from his srcinal hypothesis, ÔThe  Aetiology of Hysteria-1896.Õ The root of hysteria in this Þrst account held to actual abuse by a  parent or caretaker. Hence from this pathological background emerged various crises in the  self. His second postulate, his Oedipal Theory, said childhood wish, and fantasy became a root cause for mental illness and arguably released the parent from the major causative role of  abuse. The Oedipal world, even from its mythic srcins, pro !         ered a hatred of the father and a wish for an unnatural and intimate relationship to the mother by the sibling. This sudden turnaround from Freud's early theories to his Oedipal Theory continues contentiously in the  minds of many who have explored this material, therefore the book Þrst examines the conßuence of events leading to this radical shift in FreudÕs thinking and seeks to Þnd a  reasonable explanation for this change of course made mid-life. With FreudÕs personal letters and documents being made available by 1981, it became clear, that FreudÕs pathological family dynamics had much to do with his Þnal analysis of the human condition. His published works, in fact, variously encode the Oedipal complex into FreudÕs  studies, personal, familial, and inner world, and into the establishment of psychoanalysis itself.  Moreover, FreudÕs identity confusion arising from his family relations which he notes, and tied to the Oedipal triad and beyond into his extended family, is explored. Much of this concerns his doubts about who his father actually was, to an identity crises and how this also played into  much of his work to the end. Insofar as Freud struggled lifelong with the idea of two fathers,  Jakob and Phillip, he also struggled with two mothers, his Wet-Nurse Rezi with her Catholic  inßuence, and his biological mother Amalie supplying liberal Judaic inßuences. The two  mothers come up, not by accident, in his work on Leonardo da Vinci and the two fathers are well encoded into his Þnal work, ÔMoses and Monotheism.Õ His unnatural bonding with his  mother, and the historical epoch to which he belonged also left Freud with a weak record of the feminine which we will also touch on. The Oedipal template, a triangulated and pathological model then comes to inform much of FreudÕs portfolio and his friendships. Yet, beyond Oedipal Theory, Freud obviously o !         ers major  psychological insights including, the unconscious, the psyche composed of his topographical  self with Id, Ego, and Superego, defence mechanisms such as displacement, repressed conßict, denial, and object relations which open eventually to a journey to the Attachment Theories of today. Citations still embrace the works of Freud and Psychoanalysis then still with  some references to Freud, psychology unfolds through other theorists such as Abraham Maslow, Karen Horney, D.W. Winnicott and others of the British school for example. Daniel Stern, in 1980, speciÞcally took his infant studies beyond Oedipal theory to the Motherhood Constellation which posits a healthy matrix of familial empathies still examined today. The rich  a !         ects found evident in the family triad and the primary inßuences and regulation of the mother  now embrace the emergence of the self in theoretical models, where an early sense of  socialization, an ethical stance, and a clear and early sense of identity emerge. Freud di  !         ered  here stuggling with an identity crisis through life. In presenting a theory of psychosexual stages, FreudÕs Metapsychology, which stirred up many controversies since then, still leaves Freud as the Þrst to develop a stadial system of human development, limited though it was in his time-frame, it set the stage for others who moved  beyond libido to important personal, social, and transpersonal factors lying beyond  psychosexual proposals and woven in to continuing developmental theories. Such theories of the growth stages are illustrated early by Erickson's psychosocial model but others of a transpersonal nature such as Abraham MaslowÕs hierarchy of needs followed in his wake and
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