Seeds of core psychoanalytic concepts. On the courtship letters of Sigmund Freud and Martha Bernays

Journal title PSICOANALISI
Author/s Ilse Grubrich-Simitis
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/1 Language Italian
Pages 19 P. 11-29 File size 420 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSI2013-001002
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The letters exchanged between Sigmund Freud and Martha Bernays during their engagement from 1882 to 1886, is the most extensive and most intimate Freud correspondence. In the first part of the essay Ilse Grubrich-Simitis shows that these early letters, including those written by Martha, already contain seeds of core psychoanalytic concepts as well as of the psychoanalytic method. In the second part two portraits emerge into the light: Martha Bernays takes the stage for the first time, while a fascinatingly novel and complex image of the young Freud is revealed.

Keywords: Sexuality, dream, conscious and unconscious, auto-analysis

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Ilse Grubrich-Simitis, Germi dei concetti psicoanalitici fondamentali. Intorno al carteggio tra i due fidanzati Sigmund Freud e Martha Bernays in "PSICOANALISI" 1/2013, pp 11-29, DOI: 10.3280/PSI2013-001002