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Lieven Jonckheere – Latent Freudian Thoughts Towards a Theory of Neurotic Depression – Part One

 

THE LETTER 13 (Summer 1998) pages 1-25

 

Part One 

 

The Anxiety-Neurotic Depression

 

Introduction

 

Four types of neurotic depression according to Freud

This paper deals with the question of neurotic depression from a Freudian point of view. This means that I will try to isolate some elements towards developing a theory about the neurotic depressions that could have been Freud’s own theory – because, as you know, Freud himself did not develop an explicit theory on this point. For this purpose I have collected together a number of remarks on depression which are to be found scattered throughout his work. These remarks could be compared to a kind of latent thought from which it should be possible to construct a manifest Freudian theory of the neurotic depressions. With Lacan we could say: a theory of the depressions within the structure of the hysterical discourse. In what I have been saying up to now, some of the crucial points in every psychoanalytic discussion of the depressions are already implied.

Latent Freudian Thoughts Towards a Theory of Neurotic Depression – Part One

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