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Obsessional Neurosis 2 Obsessional Neurosis Sigmund Freud pioneered the exploration of the unconscious mind and in his writing provides an astoundingly perceptive application of his theories He entitles one of his most famous case studies in which the patient has come to be known as the Rat Man Notes Upon a Case of Obsessional Neurosis Freud organizes this paper with clarity and seeming ease progressing through the individuals treatment and finally applying the results to a general theoretical discussion of the nature of obsessional neurosis Despite Freuds amazing ability to understand the emotional distress of his patient he manages to describe the case in a humble way disclaiming his results as absolute and comprehensive He begins his text with respect for his patient saying I cannot give a complete history of the treatment because that would involve my entering in detail into the circumstances of my patients life The importunate interest of a capital city focussed with particular attention upon my medical activities forbids my giving a faithful picture of the case Freud 1909 p 2 Amid Freuds sense of decency he manages to challenge the culture around him with frankness and adept analysis In fact Freud leaves the reader wondering what he left out that kept this case study from being faithful for he includes countless poignant and intimate thoughts and difficulties of his patient illuminating a clear picture of the nature of the illness Freuds organized portrayal of the Rat Mans case assists his interpretation elucidating the nature of the therapys progression He begins by explaining a general conception of the obsessional Obsessional Neurosis 3 neurosis and its chief symptoms Freud writes that the disorders chief features involved fears of danger toward two people the patients father and the lady he admired which gave rise to compulsions and prohibitions in many areas Next Freud explains his therapy methods to his patient and indirectly to his
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