Psychopathology: Theory and Practice
12 December 2019 – Professor Brett Kahr
Although Sigmund Freud pioneered the theory and practice of depth psychology, based predominantly on his work with neurotic patients, especially those struggling with hysteria and with obsessive-compulsive disorders, the concept of neurosis has become increasingly marginalised within the fields of psychiatry, psychopathology and, even psychoanalysis itself. In this seminar, Professor Brett Kahr will review the classical foundations of the theories of hysteria and obsessive-compulsive illness and will argue for the importance of a detailed understanding of these ongoingly important characterological states. We shall begin by exploring Freud’s original work on the Studien uber Hysterie – the Studies on Hysteria – co-authored by Dr. Josef Breuer, as well as his exploration of the famous case of the obsessional “Rat Man”. We shall then consider more recent psychodynamic investigations of these foundational mental states.