Chapter 11 Notes

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Chapter 11
THE INTERPRETATION OF STORIES: FROM FREUD TO TODAY
Freudian Interpretation
-the meanings of our lives and the stories about our lives lie hidden in the unconscious
-Oedipus complex; a child feeling unconscious sexual feelings toward one parent and
aggressive/ murderous feelings towards the other
The Story of Oedipus
-boys experience intense longings for their mother, therefore hating their fathers, then
overcoming this infatuation and identifying with their fathers
-vice versa for girls, experiencing penis envy, which could be a symbol for power
-not all children go through this experience
Death of Yukio Mishima: A Case of Oedipal Dynamics
-Freud believes his suicide occurred because of an Oedipal confusion between object choice
and
identification
-Freud believes the person relates to people in one of two ways:
object choice: person seeks to have the other in a powerful/ sensual way; to own
them
identification: person seeks to be the other; to be like the other
-identification with the aggressor: wanting to be like the other is comingled with fear or
hatred
-Freud says identification is the usual way preschool boys and girls relate to their opposing
parents
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-suggests that object choice is generally preferred at the unconscious level and that
identification arises
when object choice is thwarted
-therefore we seek to have the other, but when we cannot have them then we seek to be like
them
The Case of Dora
-one of Freuds most famous case studies
-she was hysteric; difficulties in breathing, recurrent headaches, fainting spells, violent
coughing
-18 year old girl tangled up in two couples twisted love lives and deceit
Two Traumatic Events
-the other husband had kissed and tried to have sex with Dora; no one believed her
-Freud believed that these two events was what started the hysteria; in content and form,
neurotic
symptoms are symbolic manifestations of unconscious fears, desires, conflicts. And
mysteries
-she showed reversal of affect after the embrace from Herr K
-she showed displacement of sensation after she felt his boner against her
The Dream of the Jewel Case
- Freud believes bedwetting is intimately associated with masturbation
Dora Revisited
-great failure and success for Freud; he realized that transference and counter transference
had been a
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