Psychoanalysis of the Sexual Functions of Women

Psychoanalysis of the Sexual Functions of Women

Psychoanalysis of the Sexual Functions of Women

Psychoanalysis of the Sexual Functions of Women

Synopsis

A theoretical psychoanalytic interpretation of the psychological dimension of the processes summed up under the general term of sexual life of women, written during 1923-24. Translated from the German by Eric Mosbacher, and edited with an introduction by Paul Roazen. Annotation copyright Book News

Excerpt

Psychoanalysis of the Sexual Functions of Women was written during 1923-24, while Helene Deutsch was separated from her husband Felix. She had gone to Berlin, accompanied by her six-year-old son, for a second analysis with Karl Abraham, who had pioneered in the subject of female psychology; she also wanted to learn about the way in which the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute was set up, thinking that it would help her to organize the Vienna training facilities she was to head. During the latter half of her stay away from Vienna, the boy was left in the charge of Felix, who was then beginning to make innovations in the area of psychosomatic medicine. The surge of medical interest in the interaction of the mind and the body, which reached its height after World War II, has now subsided, but at the time Helene Deutsch was writing psychological and somatic phenomena were conventionally far more compartmentalized than today.

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