In his memorable book on the psychoanalytic meaning of history, Norman O. Brown said that “The aim of psychoanalysis—still unfulfilled, and still only half-conscious—is to return our souls to our bodies” (Brown, 1959, p. 158). This simple sentence neatly captures what this book means to me.
The story told in this book is based on an event that has remained hidden until now. Taking it into account leads to a completely different narration of the foundation of psychoanalysis than Freud's and, above all, a different paradigm from the one inherited from self-analysis.
This event is nothing less than a circumcision, "Beschneidung", endured in her childhood by a patient who, during the dawning of psychoanalysis, inspired Freud’s ideas, inhabited his dreams, elicited his sudden turns and, eventually inspired the self-analysis from which Freud’s masterwork, The Interpretation of Dreams, unfolds. ... DOWNLOAD THE INTRODUCTION