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Studies on Hysteria (German: Studien über Hysterie) was a book published in 1895 by Sigmund Freud & Josef Breuer. It contained a number of their case studies of "hysterics". It included one of their most famous cases, Breuer's Anna O. (real name: Bertha Pappenheim), which introduced the technique of psychoanalysis as a form of cure. At the time of its release, Studies ...more
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Published February 28th 1991 by Penguin Books Ltd. (London) (first published 1895)
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Erik Graff
May 02, 2016 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history of psychology fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
This may have been the second book by Sigmund Freud that I ever read, the first being his Civilization and its Discontents. It isn't bad so far as helping the reader understand the origins of depth psychology in general and psychoanalysis in particular--not something I'd recommend Discontents for.

Those interested in this very early study, but not in the full development of psychoanalytic theory, may also be interested in two films based on the events behind this book. First, the film Freud: The
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Surabhi Gupta
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This was my first Freud read and before reading this text, i had a very narrow, freud-only-talked-about-sex version understanding of him (penis envy!). This book has definitely put many of my unjustified criticisms to Freud and Psychoanalysis to rest. Freud and Breuer look into the psychic origins of various physical/somatic conditions that they term as Hysteria. The most interesting aspect of their study was their theory of the 'Splitting of the mind' (and not consciousness). Particu
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Jana
Jan 28, 2008 Jana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, theory, gender
Hysteria is one of those concepts that has just taken hold in my head. I refer to it often when talking or writing about art or social ills / structures. What doesn't work for me is Freud's deferment to the individual... that the individual body must not only bear the burden of a malformed social structure but the blame as well.

I think it would be more accurate to say that a collection of individual bodies (in Freud's era, they would be female) perform the symptoms of patriarchy. I mean, many o
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Eleanor King
Freud and Breuer have this remarkable talent of commenting on their patents conditions and behaviour much like a dramatic short story. Whilst reading, it's sometimes hard to remember that this was real and not pure fiction.
carl
Apr 20, 2007 carl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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classified as nonfiction though freud haters would beg to differ. while not a fanboy i do appreciate the work he and breuer did. fascinatingly enough it is the comment of the first case study patient that i think sums up the underlying benefit of psychology. she called it "talk therapy". and i think she was right. freud and breuer cracked the door open on virtually taboo topics and this included the emotional life as well as the sexual life of the individual.
that being said the most useful contr
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Dana
Dec 11, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course I would be interested in a history of psychoanalysis. Great to see how Freud responds to his hysterical patients and how this develops his early theory of psychoanalysis. Also interesting that the foundation of psychoanalysis had been established by the time of his 4th case study in this book. Also interesting to note that Breuer, even at this early date, already agreed with Freud's idea that the neuroses sprang from an aberration in the sexual instinct. Nice :)
Erik Graff
Dec 12, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychology students
Recommended to Erik by: Ann Ulanov
Shelves: psychology
At seminary in New York I saw the excellent John Huston movie about Freud and some of the work which led Breuer and himself to publish Studies on Hysteria after first reading the Brill translation of the book in college. Then, later, at Loyola, I reread the book in the Standard Edition given here.

There are few books as historically important towards an understanding of the development of psychotherapeutics in general and of depth psychology in particular as Studies on Hysteria. Freud's The Inter
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Jack
Jun 06, 2013 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point, Sigmund Freud and Josef Breuer's collaborative effort is more a historical document than an insight into psychology (Obviously, we don't regard hysteria as a psychological illness anymore). Still, Freud and Breuer write well enough, and their studies reflect the intensely self-conscious nature of their work. They structure the book into a series of case studies book-ended by theoretical information, culminating in Freud laying out the groundwork of psychoanalysis. Reading even jus ...more
Dark Slayer
Feb 08, 2014 Dark Slayer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigmund Freud coined the term 'psychoanalysis' a few years after the publication of this work, which had been enriched by the ideas, not only of Freud, but also of Joseph Breuer. This book examines a unique patient, Anna O, whom Breuer was dealing with. Freud, on the other hand, had several female patients whose hysterical symptoms can be traced to harrowing experiences which have remained psychically unsettled, and which psychoanalysis, which was known as the 'talking cure', attempted to handle ...more
Melskepko
case studies were great, sometimes too dry
Monica
Feb 14, 2008 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far so good - I mean, I don't agree with most of his theory since he always positions women as secondary and bases women's issues on repressed sexuality, but that's why I like the book - it is helping me come up with a theory to bash his to bits. Rock on!
Andreu
Jul 11, 2012 Andreu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely indispensable if one wants to understand the begginings of psychoanalisis, or to be able to situate one of the crucial turns (be it ultimately good or bad) in the history of psychology and philosophy of mind.
Jonathan Ridenour
I just got this last night at Powel's so can't comment much yet. It does go through the famous hysteria cases, including Anna O. Also had an intro by Yalom. A good followup to When Nitchze Wept.
Paul Johnston
Jan 31, 2013 Paul Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psycho-analysis
Fascinating insight into freud's early thinking. Also pretty readable apart from some slightly dated approach to the mind/brain.
Ed
Jun 04, 2008 Ed rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In these case studies Freud, along with the reader, plays detective in trying to diagnose the source of his patients' neuroses.
Peter
Mar 18, 2012 Peter marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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To-Read: "The five case studies are like short stories."
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Austrian physician and physiologist who was acknowledged by Sigmund Freud and others as the principal forerunner of psychoanalysis. Breuer found, in 1880, that he had relieved symptoms of hysteria in a patient, Bertha Pappenheim, called Anna O. in his case study, after he had induced her to recall unpleasant past experiences under hypnosis. He concluded that neurotic symptoms result from unconscio ...more
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