Wolf Man

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The nickname given in the literature of psychoanalysis to a 23-year-old Russian patient analysed in 1910–14 by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) and discussed in 1918 in a case study entitled ‘From the History of an Infantile Neurosis’ (Standard Edition, XVII, pp. 7–122). The nickname refers to a terrifying dream about wolves that the patient had experienced at the age of 3½, which Freud interpreted as a symbolic representation of the primal scene of parental intercourse that he had witnessed two years earlier. The case generated a great deal of material that appeared to confirm Freud's theories and refute those of the Austrian psychiatrist Alfred Adler (1870–1937) and the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961), who had defected from the psychoanalytic movement in 1911 and 1913 respectively.

Subjects: Psychology.

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