By D. Wilfred Abse
Hysteria and comparable psychological problems: An method of mental drugs offers with the issues of prognosis and their touching on administration and therapy of tension and comparable hysteriform stipulations. This ebook consists of sixteen chapters, and begins with an outline of the etiology and psychopathology of anxiety. those issues are via in depth discussions at the scientific manifestations and analysis of tension and comparable psychological issues, together with neurosis, psychosis, schizophrenia, and a number of character. different chapters think of the character of dissociative phenomena from a structural and dynamic standpoint, in addition to its importance in figuring out the etiology of ego problems. This e-book additionally seems into a few features of language improvement, the conversion approach, and the positive aspects of anxiety as a communicative disease. The final chapters current a number of clinical circumstances illustrating the variations among conversion hysteria and psychophysiologic autonomic affliction. those chapters additionally take care of the categories of psychotherapy for hysteria. This e-book is of serious worth to psychologists, neurologists, clinicians, and psychotherapists.
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A s it announces itself in adult years it is very different from its early beginnings. T h e first naturalist who observed the genesis of a butterfly must have found it surprising, although nowadays we hardly look upon it as a revelation. A special means of observation, as devised by Freud (1917c), had to become available before the scientist could understand the phases in the development of the sexual instinct. A t first, satisfaction is attained in the body of the individual himself. T h i s is known as the auto-erotic phase.
When lying abed with his wife he would concern himself in largely unpro ductive preoccupation with office problems. A s he said, he had kept his mind very closely on his work. T h i s was an heroic effort to continue to exclude from consciousness any ideational representation of his sexual impulse. From this we can gather that his repression was only tenuously held in operation over the fourteen years which preceded the outbreak of his symptom of spasmodic torticollis. T h e symptom was due to a partial breakdown in his repressive resistances, brought about by the illness of his son.
15) we see that marriage relations have assumed a quite legitimate flavour intrapsychically, in contrast to Case 5; but extra marital relations carry with them the threat contained in the taboo. For his fear of venereal disease is the old castration anxiety brought up to date (Freud, 1933c). It will also be noticed in this case that it is another part of the body which is aff'ected; largely on account of external happenings, the wrist became eroticized and then became a symbol for the phallus (Freud, 1917b).