Freud, Explained

Of all the figures in shrinkdom, Freud is the most revered and reviled, the most quoted and misquoted, and the most influential and ignored. It used to be that every shrink wanted to be like him, now we want to challenge him and be as different as we can. Perhaps this is what he getsContinue reading “Freud, Explained”

Reading for the Plot

 Bringing you the best of mental health every week. What do the flashbacks and nightmares of trauma victims have to do with the way we experience pleasure? Peter Brooks makes these unexpected connections in his essay, Freud’s Master Plot, within his book, Reading for the Plot. A professor of literature at Yale, Brooks wanted toContinue reading “Reading for the Plot”

The Uses of Uncertainty

Bringing you the best of mental health In 1900, for eleven weeks, Sigmund Freud met with a teenage girl stricken by hysterical mutism. We know this woman by the name Freud gave her, Dora. It wasn’t her real name. Precipitating the symptoms, she had accused an older family friend of making sexual advances to her.Continue reading “The Uses of Uncertainty”