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Person of the Month:Josef Breuer (1842-1925) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 14:51

Ankit Patel (Clinical Psychology, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, India)

DIP: 18.01.001/20170403


Josef Breuer, Austrian physician and physiologist who was acknowledged by Sigmund Freud and others as the principal forerunner of psychoanalysis. Breuer found, in 1880, that he had relieved symptoms of hysteria in a patient, Bertha Pappenheim, called Anna O. in his case study, after he had induced her to recall unpleasant past experiences under hypnosis. He concluded that neurotic symptoms result from unconscious processes and will disappear when these processes become conscious. The case of Anna O. introduced Freud to the cathartic method (the “talking cure”) that was pivotal in his later work. Breuer described his methods and results to Freud and referred patients to him. With Freud he wrote Studien über Hysterie (1895), in which Breuer’s treatment of hysteria was described. Later disagreement on basic theories of therapy terminated their collaboration.

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Received: March 28, 2017; Revision Received: April 5, 2017; Accepted: April 25, 2017

How to cite this article:

A Patel (2017), Person of the Month: Josef Breuer (1842-1925), International Journal of Indian Psychology, Volume 4, Issue 3, ISSN 2348-5396 (e) | ISSN: 2349-3429 (p), DIP: 18.01.001/20170403

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