A new defence to Freud's theory of psychoses? A panorama of Freud's developing theory into the origins and mechanisms of 'The Psychoses'

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Mullin, Fiona
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MA in Psychoanalysis
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the current paper is to trace Freud's train of thought regarding his theory of 'The Psychoses' in order to gain perspective on his thinking and constructs on them in particular. The objective primarily being to see why he postulated that psychoanalysis '… could do little’ for those suffering from illnesses where there is a psychotic element. It is based on my own talmudic reading of his works chronologically and covers his main contributions from 1895-1938 and concludes by discussing how a reading of this kind is expedient to psychoanalysis today, as advocated by Freud himself; ‘The best way of understanding psycho-analysis is still by tracing its origin and development.’