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Robinson, K. (2013). A Portrait of the Psychoanalyst as a Bohemian: Ernest Jones and the ‘Lady from Styria’. Psychoanal. Hist., 15(2):165-189.

(2013). Psychoanalysis and History, 15(2):165-189


A Portrait of the Psychoanalyst as a Bohemian: Ernest Jones and the ‘Lady from Styria’

Ken Robinson

In 1908 psychoanalysis went international with the first Congress of those interested in Freud's ideas, the Zusammenkunft für Freud'sche Psychologie, held in Salzburg in late April. It was there that many of the figures who were to become central to the psychoanalytic movement met each other for the first time. In the month before the Congress Freud had published his ‘“Civilized” Sexual Morality and Modern Nervous Illness’ with its exploration of the precarious relationship between ‘civilized’ morality and the sexual instinct. It was not the first time that he had addressed the subject, but this was his most comprehensive discussion to date (Solms, 1990). The ostensible stimulus for his essay was von Ehrenfels's Sexual Ethics (1907) in which Ehrenfels, citing Freud, advocated polygamy ‘as a panacea against the degeneration caused by industrialism’ (Johnston, 1972, p. 304; see also Makari, 2008, pp. 143-4).

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