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Case Histories: v. 2, Rat Man, Schreber, Wolf Man, Female Homosexuality (Pelican) Paperback – 30 Aug 1979

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (30 Aug. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140217436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140217438
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
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HASH(0x91dab6e4) out of 5 stars Good story in which Freud explores new ground 23 Nov. 2012
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I am not reading from the same text but Hogarth's Vol 10 which contains Ratman and Little Hans. On p 169 freud states "he(patient) reconciled the contradiction between his beliefs..obsessions.."what do you know about the next world, nothing can be known about it"(p 169)..Now is not that the beginning of knowledge or metaphysics..we actually can only know of space-time continuum which we inhabit..but we can trust/mistrust as we wish? The first case deals with Little Hans he develops an oedipus complex at an early age and his penis(widdler)..seems to preoccupy him more than it should. Also a castration complex(p 8)..what would he do without that. Here we have Hans who wonders if mommy daddy and siblings and even inanimate objects have widdlers, what could you do without one? He sees in hanss a trace of homosexuality, "positive paragon of all the vices"(p 15). As he also kisses girls. He has anxiety of being separated from mother. "hans was found indulging in this pleasure every evening for about a year"(p 27), the object being his mother. He wonders and wants to see his mother's widdler..and develops phobia for horses "dont put your finger to the white horse or it'll bite you."(p 29). Later "my widdler will get bigger as I get bigger"(p 34). A later wish " a gun for shooting people dead with"(p 38). He has fears of his father, violent fantasies of harm as f ather as object, and as for horses "might easily fall down." (p 55). Here the childish mind where all objects which cause anxiety or conflict are resolved in violent way. Later "the bus horse that falls down"(p 66)..Hanna was on the balcony and fall down off it"(p 68)..cliff. P 70 Hans wants revenge on father. Than a wish(p 73) for Hanna to die. Later on "I'm afraid they'll fall down"(p 82)..later "if only daddy will fall down like that"(p 90)..later "bus horses fell down(p 95)..later "time of my wife's confinement"(p 96)..he singles out May Day(p97)..labor day. He emphasises 'THE VIOLENCE OF HIS ANXIETY"(p 100). In later years he saw "transformation of aggressive feelings into feelings of pity"(p 112). The horse anxiety is seen as anxiety hysteria..common ailment.

Then the rat man. On p 206 he comes out with a theory of remodelling. In later years childhood memories are gone over, and remodelled and are not actually the earliest experience,"(as) a nation constructs legends about its early history."(p 206). Better or worse it is revisionist. We should keep in mind early plagues like bubonic plague, and the rat was a feared animal, and here in a case of anal eroticism, a fear of being attacked anally by a rat. He thought .."a rat gliding over the grave..out of his father's grave..meal off its corpse"(p 213)..he saw "a living likeness himself in the rat."(p 216). On p 220 he feels men and women can give birth, but out of anus..and when did we first discover the truth of child birth. Some women will shriek at frued's remark" great advance was made in civilization..from matriarchy to patriarchy"(p 233). He actually thought men enjoyed themselves more! Perhaps an ancient Jewish thought. The character in this story has obsessions rats,,and also "obsessional fears to the next world"(p 235). Later Freud says "the thought process itself becomes sexualized" (p 244)..on p 302 looking at himself in mirror nude..brings pleasure. on p 306 develops agoraphobia. On p 306" felt a rat gnawing at his..anus..visual image"..perhaps brought on by previous experience with worms, which itself was traumatizing.

So ends vol 10 of a fascinating volume..little hans shows how extreme violence in youth, is socialized in ways and is transformed into a different emotional world,,and than the Rat Man a case history you will never forget about mythic fears, we all have fears which are irrational, of animals or whatever, and its interesting what part of our anatomy we think they'll attack..obsessions..and fears of personal judgement. I've given a partial reading for those who wish to read more.
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