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Obaid, F.P. (2014). The Incidence of Freudian Self-Analysis in the Construction of the Psychoanalytic Theory of Anxiety. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(1):15-41.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(1):15-41

The Incidence of Freudian Self-Analysis in the Construction of the Psychoanalytic Theory of Anxiety

Francisco Pizarro Obaid

(Accepted for publication 30 May 2013)

The value and function of self-analysis has been a contentious issue in several studies dedicated to the Freudian legacy. For some writers, Freud's experience of self-analysis is rightly considered to be the master key to an understanding of the origins of the fundamentals of psychoanalysis. For others, the exaggerated importance attributed to the process merely led to the construction of a foundational myth. Nevertheless, if it is recognized to be a process in which Freud, in collaboration with Fliess, analysed personal aspects, working hypotheses and psychopathological debates, a reconsideration of self-analysis may contribute new elements to our understanding of the paths that were taken in the elaboration of the theory and practice of pyschoanalysis. Starting from this premise, the present work will consider the systematic examination that Freud conducted of his own phobia in the course of his self-analysis to be a process of great relevance to the elaboration of the early psychoanlytic conceptualizations of anxiety, in that in the course of this process the possible role of sexuality, fantasy, memory and unconscious determinism in the etiology of anxiety became part of the discussion.

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