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Ginsburg, L.M. (2003). A Supplemental Interpretation for Sigmund Freud's ‘Kasten Scene’ vis-à-vis Julius Freud's Burial Chamber: Overshadowing Religious Beliefs Coupled with Visualizations of Loss. Free Associations, 10(2):151-164.

(2003). Free Associations, 10(2):151-164

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A Supplemental Interpretation for Sigmund Freud's ‘Kasten Scene’ vis-à-vis Julius Freud's Burial Chamber: Overshadowing Religious Beliefs Coupled with Visualizations of Loss

Lawrence M. Ginsburg

In chapter 4, (‘Childhood memories and screen memories’) of The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Freud attempted to reconstruct an episode he experienced more than four decades beforehand:

I saw myself standing in front of a cupboard [‘Kasten’] demanding something and screaming, while my half-brother, my senior by twenty years, held it open. Then suddenly my mother, looking beautiful and slim, walked into the room, as if she had come in from the street. These were the words in which I described the scene, of which I had a plastic picture, but I did not know what more I could make of it. Whether my brother wanted to open or shut the cupboard — in my first translation of the picture, I called it a wardrobe [‘Schrank’] — why I was crying, and what the arrival of my mother had to do with it — all this was obscure to me … I had missed my mother, and had come to suspect that she was shut up in this wardrobe or cupboard; and it was for that reason That I was demanding that my brother should open the cupboard. When he did what I asked and I had made certain that my mother was not in the cupboard, I began to scream.

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