Paradise lost and trauma mastered new findings on little Sigmund

  • Although this paper manifestly deals with new historical data, its main objective is the psychoanalytic reconstruction of Sigmund Freud's early development, and a deeper understanding of the circumstances influencing the development of his psychoanalyzing mind. The present paper is a continuation of Burianek's book Facts and impressions: Psychoanalyst's guide to the birthplace of Sigmund Freud, currently available only in Czech. Methodological approaches intersecting in the book and in the present paper include environmental topography, ethnography, historical archival research, personal communications, indirect symbolic communications such as screen memories, interpretations and reconstructions by Freud himself, and later interpretations by other analysts. Finding the gaps and inconsistencies in the expectable course of historical events, the paper further clarifies the financial situation of the family of Jakob Freud, the situation surrounding the (nurse)maids, and the birth, life, and death of Julius Freud, Freud's younger brother. Summarizing Sigmund Freud's early life with regard to the problems of separation and ambivalence vis-à-vis the maternal object, and his fantasies of >paradise lost,< it is speculated that the long-term sublimation and transformation of his early neurosis became the model of Sigmund Freud's personal creativity and the basis for the psychoanalytic method.

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Author:Václav Buriánek
Parent Title (English):International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 24 (No. 1, 2015), pp. 22-28.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2015
Release Date:2016/09/29
Format:PDF-scan upon request / PDF-Scan auf Anfrage
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