Alfred Adler: Problems of Neurosis: A Book of Case-Histories by Mairet Philippe

By Mairet Philippe

First released in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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This effort to show a superior conscientiousness is her occupation, for she has not stopped. If she had, she would be in a state of stupor, as in catatonia. It Before referring to this patient's dreams a few general remarks are advisable. A psychology which could not understand and interpret dreams would exclude a great part of the mental life, and would therefore be a most imperfect psychology. Thus the Freudian conception of dreams is an important contribution. Unfortunately its author overlooked the most vital principles of dreamfonnation owing to his mistaken assumption of the dominance of the sexual factor.

In this way she gradually transforms the child's love for her and dependence upon her into a benevolent, confident, and responsible attitude towards society and the whole environment. This is the two-fold function of motherhood, to give the child the completest possible experience of human fellowship, and then to widen it into a life-attitude towards others. It is always after a prolonged struggle to hold one's ground that what we call psychosis is liable to supervene. The individual then breaks down before all the three questions of life, and every step he takes is made in defiance of logic.

I must win her first, and take her part as far as possible. tM . right. If this woman did not feel deprived of value by her advancing age-a real privation of women in our present culture-she would not cling to her prestige in such unseemly ways. But it is only very gradually that I can bring her to face the truth about what she is doing. CI At the same time this patient developed a guilt complexwhich often happens in such a situation. She remembered that she had deceived her husband with another man some twenty-five years before, during all which time this event had played no further part in her life, but all at once she told her husband and accused herself.

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