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Sigmund Freud's "Dora Case"
Looks at literature about Sigmund Freud's treatment in the Dora's case, which offers insights into the origins of psychotherapy and into Freud himself.
# 153385 | 2,130 words | 10 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 27, 2013 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (History of Psychology) , Psychology (Case Studies)

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This paper relates Sigmund Freud's important psychological/psychiatric research document, the well-known case study Dora about an eighteen-year-old female patient named Ida Bauer. After reviewing the literature, the author underscores that this case reflects and documents Freud's attempt to sanction and to channel the 'flow' of female desire at a time when matters as intimate as these were rarely discussed in a public. The paper concludes that this case demonstrates just how primitive the field of psychiatry and psychology were at the time of Freud; however, his assertions and theories about human sexuality were way ahead of his time.

Table of Contents:
The Literature on Dora, Freud and Hysteria

From the Paper:

"In his book with selection from his papers (1997) that was referenced earlier, Freud explains another of his discoveries about Dora. The fact that Dora's bedroom was right next door (on the other side of the wall) from her parents' bedroom gave Freud "good reasons" to conjecture that she overheard her parents making love. In fact, because her father was ill and had difficultly breathing, Dora no doubt heard her father "breathing hard during their coitus. Children, in such circumstances, diving something sexual in uncanny sounds that reach their ears," Freud concluded. He also posited that Dora became sexually excited by hearing her parents engage in intercourse and because of that Dora stopped masturbating - opening the door to her hysteria through "morbid anxiety".
"In the end, Dora walked out on Freud, refusing to complete her analysis. In doing so, according to Pamela Thurschwell's book, Dora became "an exemplary feminist heroine" who had the nerve and the chutzpah to deny Freud the goal he had set out - to finish this dramatic story of how he helped a woman conquer her hysteria. This complicated, convoluted case takes a number of twists and turns as an alert reader works through the material."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boone, Joseph. (1998). Libidinal Currents: Sexuality and the Shaping of Modernism. Chicago:University of Chicago Press.
  • Decker, Hannah S. (1992). Freud, Dora, and Vienna 1900. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Downing, Christine. Myths and Mysteries of Same-Sex Love. New York: Continuum, 1989.
  • Freud, Sigmund. (1997). Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria / Collected Papers of SigmundFreud. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Freud, Sigmund. (1947) Freud: On War, Sex and Neurosis. New York: Arts & Science Press.

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