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Sigmund Freud and Anna O case

Describe and critique the traditional analysis of the Anna O. case and explain what Sigmund Freud believed he had learned from it.

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1. Describe and critique the traditional analysis of the Anna O.

Anna O's real name is Bertha Pappenheim. Anna O. was a patient of physician Josef Breuer, who coined the phrase "talking cure. She made significant contributions to social work in Germany. Bertha Pappenheim, referred to as Anna O. in the case history, came to Josef Breur for treatment for what was then known as hysteria. While caring for her dying father, Pappenheim experienced a range of symptoms that included partial paralysis, blurred vision, headaches, and hallucinations. During the course of treatment, which lasted from 1880 to 1882, Breuer found that talking about her experiences seemed to offer some relief from her symptoms. Pappenheim dubbed the treatment as the "talking cure" (Van Wagner, 2009).

When critiquing a case, it is best to look at both the supporters and critics of the case of Anna O, which there are, especially on the interpretation of the case by Breuer and Freud.

For example, Gilhooley (2002) argues ...

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Describes and critiques the traditional analysis of the Anna O. case and explains what Sigmund Freud believed he had learned from it.

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