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Paul Verhaeghe – Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Hysteria


THE LETTER 02 (Autumn 1994) pages 47-68


It is common knowledge that Freud started as the pupil of his hysterical patients. He wanted to know and that’s why he kept on listening to them. During that time, he coined the idea of psychotherapy, which was rather new at the end of the nineteenth century. Today, psychotherapy has become a very common practice; it is even so common, that no-one knows any longer what exactly it means. On the other hand, hysteria as such has almost disappeared, so much so that in the latest version of the DSM...

Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and Hysteria

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