Freud’s Schreber Between Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis: On by Thomas G. Dalzell

By Thomas G. Dalzell

Thomas Dalzell investigates what used to be targeted concerning the predisposition to psychosis which Freud posited in Daniel Paul Schreber, a presiding pass judgement on in Saxony's optimum courtroom.

He argues that Freud's Schreber textual content reversed the order of precedence in overdue nineteenth century conceptions of the disposing factors of psychosis―the objective-biological and subjective-biographical―to privilege subjective disposition to psychosis, yet with no returning to the paradigms of early nineteenth century Romantic psychiatry and with out obviating hereditary disposition.

The publication takes the psychotic pass judgement on Daniel Paul Schreber as its reference aspect, however it isn't really a common therapy of Schreber, or of Freud's studying of the Schreber case. It focuses fairly on what was once new in Freud's pondering at the disposition to psychosis, what he realized from his psychiatrist contemporaries and what he didn't, and even if psychoanalysts have totally obtained his aetiology. It situates Freud's Schreber textual content in the evolution of his inspiration on psychosis, and, as a brand new aspect, it highlights his keeping apart a developmental fixation at childish narcissism because the decisive second in his aetiological chain.

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44; Lothane, 2008, p. 68). But he is also open to the possibility that Schreber’s feminine phantasy was due to his being deprived of offspring. Bleuler had independently found that childlessness could lead a man to give up his masculinity (Bleuler, 1911, p. 325). To Freud’s mind, while Schreber’s childlessness meant that he had no son upon whom he might have drained off his homosexual feelings for his father and brother, it may also have been a wish to counter this childlessness that had led Schreber back to a passive position in relation to his father.

The Dutch sociologist, Han Israëls, has researched Schreber’s family background, and the Zeitgeist of his childhood (Israëls, 1989). The Belgian psychologist, Daniel Devreese, has recovered relevant information from Schreber’s personnel file at the Ministry, including reports by Weber not included with the Denkwürdigkeiten (Devreese, 1986). And the American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Zvi Lothane, has spent more than twenty years DISPOSITION TO PSYCHOSIS IN FREUD’S SCHREBER TEXT 31 gathering historical information on the truth about Schreber, as opposed to what he regards as ahistorical interpretations that have turned fictions into facts (Lothane, 2005).

While God had originally succeeded Flechsig in being his persecutor (God had mocked him over his intended emasculation and called him a “slut”), Schreber had come to think that his becoming a woman was what God wanted. In fact, what he had experienced as persecution became his project. He now felt compelled to give God’s rays the impression that he was a woman burning with voluptuous feelings. Not only was female soul-voluptuousness no longer against the order of things, but he started to believe that God demanded it for his own enjoyment.

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