October 7, 2022

Prompt. Freud, in his case study of Lucy R., has this to say of chronic hysterical symptoms: “The situation that is created in this way then becomes impervious to change, since repression and conversion have removed the contradiction which would require that the affect be disposed of” (in Breuer and Freud, Studies in Hysteria, p. 123). What role do “repression and conversion” play in the creation of symptoms, such as Lucy’s smell of burnt pudding? How does this process then “remove[] the contradiction” plaguing the patient? And what does “affect” have to do with all of this? Do your best to put into words your current understanding of Freud’s theory of “conversion hysteria” and how the theory applies to the case history of Dora we are reading this week. Use specific quotes or page references to back up your points. Please cite specific evidence from (pages 61-70) and the uploaded book and slides.

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