9780415220323

Hysteria

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415220323

  • ISBN10:

    0415220327

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-12-29
  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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Summary

Hysteria has disappeared from contemporary culture only insofar as it has been subjected to a repression through the popular diagnosis of 'borderline personality disorder'.In Hysteria the distinguished psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas offers an original and illuminating theory of hysteria that weaves its well-known features - repressed sexual ideas; indifference to conversion; over-identification with the other - into the hysteric form.Through a rereading of Freud, Bollas argues that sexuality in itself is traumatic to all children, as it 'destroys' the relation to the mother, transfiguring her from 'mamma', the infant's caregiver, to 'mother', the child's and father's sex object. For the hysteric this recognition is endlessly traumatic and the hysterical personality forms itself into an organised opposition to this knowledge.True to his earlier writings, Bollas' vision is thought provoking and mind expanding. Hysteria brings new perspectives to long-standing ideas, making enlightening reading for students and professionals involved in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy alike, as well as the lay reader who takes an interest in the formation of personality in western culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(4)
The characters of psychoanalysis
4(9)
Sexual epiphany
13(14)
Sexuality and its transformations
27(14)
In the beginning is the mother
41(20)
Erotising absence
61(10)
Functions of the father
71(16)
The seduction of the story
87(11)
Hot and cold
98(9)
Showing off
107(10)
Self as theatre
117(10)
The malignant hysteric
127(19)
Transference addicts
146(6)
Seduction and the therapist
152(10)
The last chapter
162(18)
References 180(3)
Index 183

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