The Wolfman and Other Cases by Sigmund Freud, Louise Adey Huish, Gillian Beer

By Sigmund Freud, Louise Adey Huish, Gillian Beer

While a disturbed younger Russian guy got here to Freud for remedy, the research of his youth neuroses—most particularly a dream approximately wolves open air his bed room window—eventually published a deep-seated trauma. It took greater than 4 years to regard him, and "The Wolfman" grew to become one in every of Freud's most renowned situations. This quantity additionally includes the case histories of a boy's worry of horses and the Ratman's violent worry of rats, in addition to the essay "Some personality Types," during which Freud attracts at the paintings of Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Nietzsche to illustrate other kinds of resistance to remedy. peculiarly, the case histories exhibit us Freud at paintings, in his personal phrases.

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Although there are some indica­ tions that inner needs may exert a small degree of selection pressure, by a n d large all of these ideas are untenable. They appear to reflect Freud's failure to grasp the essentials of Dar­ winian theory a n d principles of evolution, These deficiencies have had notable detrimental consequences for psychoanalytic thinking, including its entry into the adaptive a n d evolutionary realms—consequences we must now strive to correct. Some specific borrowings While Freud evidently did not comprehend the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, he did appropriate many aspects of Darwin's writings (Badcock, 1994; Ritvo, 1990; Sulloway, 1979).

He also as­ sumes that instinctual pressures are inescapable a s compared to environmental pressures, and he argues for phylogenetic or Lamarckian causes of evolution. Although there are some indica­ tions that inner needs may exert a small degree of selection pressure, by a n d large all of these ideas are untenable. They appear to reflect Freud's failure to grasp the essentials of Dar­ winian theory a n d principles of evolution, These deficiencies have had notable detrimental consequences for psychoanalytic thinking, including its entry into the adaptive a n d evolutionary realms—consequences we must now strive to correct.

This concept has had some elaboration in the recent writings of evolutionary psychoanalysts who have used it to frame the seemingly genetically determined issues and conflicts that arise in parent-child and patient-therapist interactions (Slavin & Kriegman, 1992). At the other end of this continuum lies the unexpected environment or uncertain futures problem (Plotkin, 1994; Waddington, 1969). While the average expected environment concept points to the need to stabilize the environment and parental and therapeutic care and stresses the genetic basis of adaptations, the unexpected environment problem points to ways in which the environment inevitably becomes u n ­ stable—often to an extreme degree.

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