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p. 212. How psychoanalysis beganlocked

  • Daniel Pick


Psychoanalysis emerged between the 1880s and 1900s. Its origins can be traced to many sources, but mostly to the work of Sigmund Freud. ‘How psychoanalysis began’ considers, in turn, Freud’s work on hysteria using hypnosis; his focus on patients’ fears and phantasies; his interest in the interaction of mind and social circumstance (‘inner’ and ‘outer’ realities); his publication The Interpretation of Dreams, which proposed that the dreaming state can provide access to more forbidden thoughts, as there is a partial release from censorship; the ‘primary process’; Freudian slips; how sexuality involves a host of different feelings that may be enjoyed, endured, subdued, or displaced; and the experiences of infancy and childhood.

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