Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story (Paperback)

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Anna Freud (1885-1982) was Sigmund Freud's youngest daughter, and his closest emotional and intellectual companion, as well. Anna is the Freud child who, after Sigmund's death, bore his intellectual seed into the world. For nearly a century now it's been a well-kept secret that the love of Anna's life was another woman. And that was a problem for Sigmund, who agreed with medical colleagues that lesbianism is a symptom of hysteria. But Sigmund took concern about lesbianism one or two steps further than his colleagues. He considered it an actual gateway to profound mental illness. Worse (for him, regarding Anna), he said it is almost always caused by faulty fathering. HYSTERICAL: ANNA FREUD'S STORY is Anna's "lost memoir." In it she tells of coming of age in a household in which the stories of deeply neurotic, often sexually troubled patients were standard conversational fare. She recounts the wildly inappropriate conversion therapy imposed on her by her father. She tells of her family's escape from the Nazis, and of their years of exile in London. These are years in which Sigmund aged and died, and in which Anna and her beloved Dorothy founded orphanages and schools for traumatized children. HYSTERICAL reads like lively, sometimes deeply moving, and occasionally even hilarious autobiography. But it's a historical novel written by a science journalist with a wicked sense of humor, an appreciation for both Anna's plight and that of Sigmund, and an eye and ear for the tugs of war that happen in families. As Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, once the Projects Director of the Freud Archives, describes it, HYSTERICAL "is the book we all wish Anna Freud had had the courage to write.

About the Author


REBECCA COFFEY is an award-winning print journalist, documentary filmmaker, and radio commentator. Coffey contributes regularly to Scientific American and Discover magazines. She blogs about sexuality, relationships, crime and punishment, social media, and psychology for Psychology Today, and is a broadcasting contributor to Vermont Public Radio's drive-time commentary series. Her most recent major work of journalism is the March 2012 eBook MURDERS MOST FOUL: And the School Shooters in Our Midst (Vook), which landed her appearances on Fox News, CBS Radio and NPR, among others. Her narrative nonfiction book UNSPEAKABLE TRUTHS AND HAPPY ENDINGS: Human Cruelty and the New Trauma Therapy (Sidran Press) was widely praised, and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association's Choice magazine. Her television documentaries about health and mental health have been broadcast nationally. Coffey is also a humorist. Her NIETZSCHE'S ANGEL FOOD CAKE: And Other "Recipes" for the Intellectually Famished was published by Beck and Branch in 2013. Other humor has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, and a large handful of literary magazines and e-zines. For more on Rebeeca, go to http: //rebeccacoffey.com/hysterical-anna-freuds-story/
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938314421
ISBN-10: 1938314425
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Pages: 360
Language: English