Freud and Modern Psychology: Volume 1: The Emotional Basis of Mental Illness

Freud and Modern Psychology: Volume 1: The Emotional Basis of Mental Illness

by Helen Lewis

Paperback(Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1981)

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The tension between Freud's clinical discoveries about the power of human emotions and the theoretical framework in which he embedded these discoveries has been most eloquently detailed by Freud himself. His agoniz­ ing reappraisal. in 1926, of the libido theory of anxiety is just one example. But, as is usually the case, theoretical difficulties point to gaps in existing knowledge. At the time when Freud made his fundamental discovery that hysterical symptoms (and dreams) were understandable as reflections of for­ bidden ("strangulated") affect, anthropology was essentially nonexistent as a science. The cultural nature of human beings (our species' unique adaptation to life) could only be adumbrated by Freud (for example, in the myth of Totem and Taboo). As a consequence, the primacy of human attachment emotions in the acculturation process could not be postulated as a theoretical base. What Freud adopted as his base of theorizing was the most forward­ looking materialist concept of his time: the Darwinian concept of individual instincts as the driving force in life. Freud assumed that the vicissitudes of in­ stincts determine the fate of "ideas" in consciousness. Freud's theoretical base thus impelled him to speculate about the origin and fate of ideas instead of about the origin and fate of human emotional connectedness. This book is a small step along the road which should ultimately bring Freud's discoveries into a modem theoretical framework in psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468438147
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 12/24/2012
Series: Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy , #1
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1981
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Secularization of Guilt: Reinterpreting Christoph Haizmann’s Story.- 2. Hysteria: The Problem of Forbidden Sexual Longings.- 3. Phobias: The Problem of Anxiety.- 4. Obsessional Neurosis: The Problem of Sadism.- 5. Paranoia: The Problem of Homosexuality.- 6. Depression: The Problem of Grief and Mourning.- 7. Psychoanalysis as Therapy Today: The Problem of Abreacting Shame and Guilt.

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