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The Wolfman and Other Cases

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When a disturbed young Russian man came to Freud for treatment, the analysis of his childhood neuroses—most notably a dream about wolves outside his bedroom window—eventually revealed a deep-seated trauma. It took more than four years to treat him, and "The Wolfman" became one of Freud's most famous cases. This volume also contains the case histories of a boy's fear of ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1918)
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Abraão
Jun 30, 2014 Abraão rated it really liked it
Valendo-se de mais falas do paciente num caso - ou casos - bem delineados, Freud utiliza sua proposição teórica para explicar inicialmente dois casos - que aparentemente são muito famosos: o caso do pequeno Hans - Ratman - e o Wolfman. Como li em inglês não sei exatamente como foi traduzido. Mas se encontra no volume 10, das obras completas da Imago.
Sugiro fortemente a leitura dos outros trabalhos iniciais, já que este é aplicado e o conhecimento básico da hipótese explicativa - ainda se valendo
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Jilly Gagnon
May 19, 2009 Jilly Gagnon rated it liked it
Definitely interesting, if for no other reason than seeing Freud's incredible hubris in action is something else.

Would have loved more case-history, less "this is why i'm right, see!!!!" and/or a bit of background to help unravel Freud's self-love (not THAT variety, though he'd be happy to discuss it with you...)
Scott
Dec 08, 2016 Scott rated it liked it
Whatever else you say about Freud, he's usually an interesting writer and that's certainly true here as he describes the cases of three patients that he treated. The way in which he applies his theories to the patient's symptoms is fascinating, though it sometimes seems a bit of a stretch.
Marc
My interest and understanding seemed to go down as the page numbers ticked up in this book. Either I don't know enough about psychoanalysis and Freud's theories or he makes some ambitious leaps analytically bolstered by the confidence of hindsight. What at first appeared somewhat logical became belaboringly muddled and complicated to me in most of his case notes. Does one take much more from these cases other than repression may lead to neuroses which manifest in wonderfully convoluted, ...more
Lupe
Nov 21, 2008 Lupe rated it it was ok
This book will make you understand why Freud was and still is a controversial figure in Psychology. I found this book shed light on how Freud formed some of his wacky theories on personality development. Unfortunately, he failed to test his own personality development theory enough and the theory is now considered invalid. Never the less, the cases described in the book are still entertaining to say the least. By the end I felt like I had read a dirty comic book.
Marissa
Apr 05, 2007 Marissa rated it liked it
Shelves: thepast, nonfiction
Love him or hate him, you have to admit: Freud was an interesting cat. And damned if he didn't meet some interesting people on his journeys through the subconscious. This is like a travelogue of some of his most curious encounters. I wrote a paper for a Bert Cohler class about "Phobia in a Five-Year-Old-Boy" (pp. 1-122) and Bruno Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantmentcalled "Bedtime for Little Hans".

Well, I thought it was funny.
Thomas
Mar 24, 2013 Thomas rated it really liked it
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Wonderful stuff. A great demonstration of Freud's method in action, and skilfully written. It reads more like Gothic Horror than science. But then, these days it's best to view Freud in literary terms rather than scientific - after all, isn't psychoanalysis best seen as a way of telling stories about our own minds?
Anthony
Aug 07, 2009 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology-etc
read this famous "history of an infantile neurosis" in v.17 of the standard edition of the complete psychological works of SF along with a handful of shorter works including "the 'uncanny'" (essay on aesthetics), "a child is being beaten" (essay on masochism) and an interesting essay that analyzes an episode from goethe's "dichtung und wahrheit"
Ying
Apr 17, 2016 Ying rated it it was ok
i read 100 straight pages about dicks!!! i think freud was projecting his own nascent homosexuality onto his diagnosis of the patient
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Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential - and controversial - minds of the 20th century.

Sigismund (later changed to Sigmund) Freud was born on 6 May 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia (now Pribor in the Czech Republic). His father was a merchant. The
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