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October 20, 2006

Extra Credit Freud Commentary

Kristine Park
CompLit 240
Section 003

Text: Dora, An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria
Page 38

“How many fewer miraculous cures and spontaneous disappearances of symptoms should we physicians have to register in cases of hysteria, if we were more often given a sight of the human interest which the patient keeps hidden from us!?

In this quote, Freud claims that physicians would be able to know the causes of the symptoms more if they were “given a sight of the human interest.? In other words, if the patient just said everything without hiding any piece of the story, perhaps the root of the symptoms would be easily pin-pointed. When the patient only relays pieces of his or her story, the doctor can only work with what is given. For example, Freud interprets Dora’s anger toward Herr K. based on hearing what Dora told him of Herr K.’s proposal. However, towards the end of the treatment, Dora confesses she did not tell Freud one part, the part that was the reason for being so upset by Herr K.. Dora tells Freud about the young governess Herr K. proposes to and from there Freud was able to see Dora’s reason for anger and related this back to her dreams.
A similar situation is shown in “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,? where everyone is not telling the entire story and Poirot claims everyone has a secret.
But this also led me to think the reason for keeping some things unsaid. At both of these time periods, some things were just not said because of social reasons; it would be improper and not “normal.? The “norms? and pressures of society keep things hidden, or “repressed,? covering up the core of the problem.

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Extra Credit Freud Quote Commentary

Complit 240, Section 003
Text: Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria
Page 7

"I have restored what is missing, taking the best models known to me from other analyses: but like a conscientious archaeologist I have not omitted to mention in each case where the authentic parts end and my constructions begin".

The use of the word "archaeologist" is what is principally interesting about this sentence. "Archaeologist" brings to mind dig sites and trips to Egypt, but it is also a congrouous term to what Freud does during his sessions with Dora. He's slowly, delicately lifting away layers of repression off of Dora's neurotic mind to try and discover what's hidden underneath. Freud also acknowledges a debt here to other psychologists, those who wrote "the best models" from which Freud was inspired in how he wrote his study of Dora. He describes himself as "conscientious" in determining where the "authentic parts"- the parts from other studies that have been authenticated and validated over time- end and his own ideas begin. The idea of Freud as "conscientious", with his prying and invasive methods of opening up an individual's darkest secrets, however, is quite a paradox to the modern mind

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