Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Freud on Resistance

"Informing the patient of what he does not know because he has repressed it is only one of the necessary preliminaries to the treatment. If knowledge about the unconscious were as important for the patient as people inexperienced in psychoanalysis imagine, listening to lectures or reading books would be enough to cure him. Such measures, however, have as much influence on the symptoms of nervous illness as a distribution of menu-cards in a time of famine has upon hunger."

Freud, Sigmund (1910). ‘Wild’ Psycho-Analysis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XI, p. 225.

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