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Encyclopedia > Ida Bauer

Ida Bauer (1882–1945) was a hysterical patient of Sigmund Freud whom he wrote a famous case study about using the psuedonym 'Dora'. Dora's most manifest hysterical symptom was aphonia (loss of voice). Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud [] (May 6, 1856–September 23, 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology, based on his theory that human development is best understood in terms of changing objects of sexual desire; that the unconscious often represses wishes (generally of a... Aphasia is a loss or impairment of the ability to produce or comprehend language, due to brain damage. ...

'Dora' remains one of Freud's most famous cases, and is often discussed in feminist circles because instead of taking Freud's advice, she rejected his speculations, broke off her therapy and chose instead to confront her tormentors (her father, his lover and his lover's husband). When confronted, her tormentors confessed that she had been right all along, and had not imagined their affairs and motivations.

Though Freud was disappointed with the results of the case, he considered it an important study in the phenomenon of transference. Transference is a phenomenon in psychology characterized by unconcious redirection of feelings from one person to another. ...

Freud gave her the name 'Dora' after a maid working in the Freud house by the same name.

See also

Anna O. was the name given to a patient of the physician and physiologist Josef Breuer in his book Studies on Hysteria, written in collaboration with Sigmund Freud. ... Emma Eckstein (1865 - 1924) was an early patient of Sigmund Freud who underwent disastrous nasal surgery, undertaken by Freuds friend and confidant, Wilhelm Fliess. ...

External links

  • [1] -- Essay about Dora
  • [2] -- Outline of the Case



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