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Major, R. (1974). The Revolution of Hysteria. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 55:385-392.

(1974). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 55:385-392

The Revolution of Hysteria

René Major


Since the time of Charcot, hysteria has undergone a revolution without being brought back to its starting-point: it can, in fact, return only in the form that Freud imposed upon it by effecting a revolution at the centre of language. Logically, that revolution brought about a change in the therapeutic method by freeing itself of the 'fascination' and 'bondage' which even Freud had to surmount before placing the ego-ideal at the service of self observation. But culture, theory and, at times, even psychoanalysts quality for the role lost to the 'hysteric' and which the analytic situation maintains.

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