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Sites of the Unconscious: Hypnosis and the Emergence of the Psychoanalytic Setting

Andreas Mayer and Christopher Barber


In the late nineteenth century, scientists, psychiatrists, and medical practitioners began employing a new experimental technique for the study of neuroses: hypnotism. Though the efforts of the famous French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot to transform hypnosis into a laboratory science failed, his Viennese translator and disciple Sigmund Freud took up the challenge and invented psychoanalysis. Previous scholarship has viewed hypnosis and psychoanalysis in sharp opposition or claimed that both were ultimately grounded in the phenomenon of suggestion and thus equally flawed. This book reexamine ... More

Keywords: neuroses, hypnotism, Jean-Martin Charcot, Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis, hypnosis, German-speaking countries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226057958
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226058009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Mayer, author

Christopher Barber, author