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The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis, Volume 1: Sigmund Freud and Emma Eckstein.


The Cut and the Building of Psychoanalysis, Volume 1: Sigmund Freud and Emma Eckstein

Carlo Bonomi



275 pages



Relational Perspectives Book Series; Volume 65


This volume considers Sigmund Freud's unconscious communication and identification with his patients, namely Emma Eckstein, to propose a new theory on the origins of psychoanalysis based on the idea that this interaction created a framework for his self-analysis. It documents how Freud's movement between the reality of trauma and the creative of power of fantasies was a result of his encounter and treatment of Eckstein. It describes the medical context in terms of the practice of castration in the treatment of hysteric women between 1878 and 1895, arguing that this happened to Eckstein and influenced Freud and his theorizing of psychoanalysis, and the theories and practice of Freud between 1895 and 1896 and his position against female castration as a cure for hysteric women, with discussion of the specimen dream of psychoanalysis, the dream of Irma's injection, and how Eckstein's childhood trauma of circumcision caused a psychic reaction in Freud that determined key aspects of his self-analysis and theorizing. It examines his self-analysis between 1896 and 1899 and his identification with Eckstein, rescue and restoration fantasies, and elaboration of the themes of punishment for masturbation and castration anxiety, and how his emotional reaction to her circumcision relates to his conflicts with Judaism and contributed to his decision not to have his own male children circumcised. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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