Freud and Obsession as the Gateway to Psychoanalysis

in Obsession

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226137827
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226137797 | DOI:
Freud and Obsession as the Gateway to Psychoanalysis

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In the history of obsession, the greatest single figure is Sigmund Freud. It has been usual to think of Freud as the heroic discoverer of the unconscious, sexual drives, and the like. But as this brief history of obsession has already shown, Freud came very late in the line of people contemplating obsession. All of the key notions that Freud dealt with were established well before him—hysteria, obsession, compulsion, mania, neurosis, transference, the unconscious, the sexual etiology of disease, and so on. It is for the convenience of our own obsessions that we have made Freud the opening act of the mental show, the moment when the curtain lifts on modern psychology.

Keywords: Sigmund Freud; obsession; modern psychology; unconscious; sexual drives

Chapter.  8164 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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