Of the two, it is the "Three Essays," with its outline of "the libido theory," that has again and again attracted controversy and spurred the later development of psychoanalysis. It is fitting to have a contemporary thinker such as Chodorow help the next generation understand its monumental contributions. Ellman Y2K The world waits anxiously to see what millennial mischief crops up.
Freud considered these essays to be his second greatest work. His most important work, according to him was The Interpretation of Dreams. Freud began developing these theories after working with female patients. Most of these patients were loosely diagnosed to suffer from hysteria. The symptoms for this term were quite varied.
For instance, symptoms as paralysis or insomnia were diagnosed to be hysteria.
It also included psychotic instances and wild mood swings. Interestingly, one of the common ways of treating it was for a doctor to cause the patient to have an orgasm. This may have had a great influence on Sigmund Freud's work. He was the first to use hypnosis in treating patients that were diagnosed with hysteria.
However, Freud abandoned the practice later in his career, finding it to be ineffective. Freud's own success came from dealing with patients who had psychosomatic illnesses.
He theorized that the symptoms, which these patients were experiencing, were due to repression of sexual desires. Consequently, Freud postulated that treatment of these symptoms was by bringing these suppressed desired into the conscious mind.
Freud's work has generated a lot of controversy, especially among feminist groups. They view Freud's work as a sexist. However, newer theories into human sexuality are still based on the original Freudian theories.
These opponents are particularly offended by the use of the term "normal". They argue that normal is subjective and thus Freud's work is flawed.
Freud did also observe that people with "normal" sexual tendencies were not normal afterall. He claimed that there was no normal sexual behavior.
On the issue of pedophiles, Freud had an interesting observation. He characterized such perverse feelings as originating form fear. For instance, animals, which were unable to mate successfully with others, would take their frustrations out on young ones.
Thus, he observed that pedophilia was not innate but rather grew out of fear. Despite the major flaws, Freud does make a number of important points. This work was based on famous sexologists of his time. He read their theories and observed their work before coming up with his own theory.
The first part of this work is dedicated to studying sexual behaviors that were not "normal". In his work, Freud observed a number of different sexual orientations, which he had observed such as homosexuality and bisexual tendencies.
Freud observed that some of this individuals have always had this attraction since birth while others developed this "condition" after a certain trigger.
Sigmund Freud was the first to give detailed description of how children experienced sexual pleasure. He described that children experience pleasure through mechanical processes such as being flung in the air. He claimed that the sense of fear they experience followed by a sense of calmness was an intense source of sexual pleasure.
In his work, Freud also suggested that children had specific erogenous zones through which they would experience sexual pleasure. For instance, the act of a child sucking on their thumb was for sexual pleasure.
He also postulated the anal area could be converted into an area of sexual pleasure where the child experiences pleasure by exerting pressure.
On his explanations on the stages of sexual development in children, Freud claimed the first stage was borne out of curiosity. A young boy will wonder why they are built different from girls. He also suggested that girls on discovering they do not have a penis develop what he termed as "sexual envy".Comprised of three essays of Sexuality (), Freud formalised an account of his psychosexual development theory through Psychoanalytical methods that were developed in order to cure neurosis.
Recollection by Binswanger of conversation during his third visit to Vienna to see Freud ( May ), in Gerhard Fichtner (ed.) and Arnold J. Pomerans (trans.), The Sigmund Freud-Ludwig Binswanger Correspondence (), Sep 10, · Sigmund Freud began developing the theory of sexuality outlined in his Three Essays during the s and s while working with patients, mostly women, suffering from "hysteria." Hysteria was a widespread psychological diagnosis in the late nineteenth century, and widespread in part because it was defined so variously and so .
Freud sought to link to his theory of the unconscious put forward in The Interpretation of Dreams () and his work on hysteria by positing sexuality as the driving . Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality stand, there can be no doubt, beside his Interpretation of Dreams as his most momentous .
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