Sigmund Freud’s discovery of psychoanalysis: Conquistador and thinker’



BRIEF SYNOPSIS    ‘Sigmund Freud’s discovery of psychoanalysis: Conquistador and thinker’ formulates psychoanalytic dimensions to the biographical ‘facts’ of Freud’s life.
Beginning with his early career as researcher, neurologist, and psychotherapist, it explores links between Freud’s personal emotional journey and the development of his theory and thinking. The text then comes to focus on the period 1895-1900 when Freud underwent his ‘self-analysis’ and developed the core of his analytic theory.

The book draws in particular on Freud’s letters to Wilhelm Fliess, and on his ‘dream of Irma’s injection’, as primary sources.

'A fascinating, humanizing study.'    - Paul Williams, British Psychoanalytical Society.


AREA OF CLINICAL STUDY    Freud, psychobiography, the origins of psychoanalysis. Indirectly the text addresses the question ‘What is psychoanalysis?’


AUTHOR BIO    Paul Schimmel is a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist and writer. Originally from New Zealand, he is a member of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society, and has a private practice in Sydney, Australia.