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The Wolf Mans Burden Lawrence Johnson

The Wolf Mans Burden

Lawrence Johnson

Published October 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780801438752
Hardcover
188 pages
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The Wolf Man was Sigmund Freuds most famous case- his enigmatic childhood dream of being gazed at by wolves outside his bedroom window bedeviled the founder of psychoanalysis. A rich source of imagery and meaning, the Wolf Man case might beMoreThe Wolf Man was Sigmund Freuds most famous case- his enigmatic childhood dream of being gazed at by wolves outside his bedroom window bedeviled the founder of psychoanalysis. A rich source of imagery and meaning, the Wolf Man case might be interpreted as the primal scene of psychoanalysis itself. Lawrence Johnson regards the creation of the psychoanalytic case study as the writing of two lives - those of the analysand and the analyst - so Freuds own biography and subjective viewpoint could hardly fail to bear a direct influence on the institution of psychoanalysis. When Freud met the patient known as the Wolf Man, Johnson maintains, psychoanalysis was at an impasse because of Freuds inability to work through repressed material from his own childhood. Freud overcame this impasse through a countertransference that cast his patient in the role of a rival for the control of psychoanalysis- his means for vanquishing him set the terms for Freuds legacy to psychoanalysis. Johnson offers a rigorous methodological framework for discussing the relationship between psychoanalytic writing and the lives of those who engage in it. He fruitfully extends the work of Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok, and Jacques Derrida into the realm of Freuds own life. The result is both sophisticated psychobiography and psychoanalytic theory grounded firmly in historical lives.