balance by looking at Rat Man’s Oedipal situation, Freud’s theoretical stance on the Freud’s case studies, this author was struck in the case of Rat Man (Freud. “NOTES UPON A CASE OF OBSESSIONAL NEUROSIS” (RAT MAN) Dr. Ernst Lanzer, alias the “Rat Man,” consulted Freud on October 1, , and began an. Freud’s On Aphasia was published in , with major discoveries or publications each subsequent year through Patrick Mahony notes that “of all the.

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It also profoundly affects the capacity to make emotional commitments in later life.

There are all kinds of tortures the Ratboy could have fixed upon. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Perhaps this paper was as close as he could get to admitting what he had done.

Freud had to wait four more years before gathering the insight into the etiological freuf between anal eroticism and obsessional neurosis. What were the chances of speaking openly and candidly about the abuse of children? Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Freud’s Ratman.

He accepted the facts but refused to put them together. View all posts by andywhite. According to Freud’s analysis, Lanzer unconsciously identified himself with rats: In the end — Memory yields”. As Mahony sums up, “Freud mixed momentous insights with exaggerated claims,” some of which “were made in his zeal to protect and promote a new discipline.

An immediate derivative of the rat story was Lanzer’s crazed compulsions about reimbursing his military comrade who paid for his new pair of pince-nez, sent by post. Freud saw the Rat Man patient for some six months, despite later claiming the treatment lasted about a year.


Register for email alerts with links to free full-text articles Access PDFs of free articles Manage your interests Save searches and receive search alerts. If there freux a problem regarding ego formation this is put down to the unruly child. Both the Ratman and Freud shared the same problem.

Freud’s late note upon the Rat Man’s acute sense of smell would later be developed into his theory of the process of civilisation and organic repression. The patient presented to Freud with number of distressing obsessions of which the main one was fear of a corporal punishment datman his loved ones using rats.

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What Freud had so bravely done was to confront polite society with its own shadow. Get free access to newly published articles Create a personal account or sign in to: He managed to dovetail his theories with the otherwise insurmountable contradictions of an age determined to adopt both an attitude of unquestionable moral superiority and a set of thoroughly dehumanising attitudes to children.

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Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. They were split off and relegated to a future possibility, preferable to his past reality but still gnawing at him from behind. The patient was presented with obsessional thoughts and with behaviors which he felt compelled to carry out.

In the recent past Lanzer’s obsessional ideation involved lethal injury dealt to his girlfriend or even to his dead father.

We are used to dreams containing symbols representing and poetically expressing the issues with which we struggle. However, although carrying out conspicuous indoctrination, neglecting immediate transference reactions especially of the negative kindand diminishing the role of women in the Rat Man’s analysis, Freud was able to achieve a measure of therapeutic success by focusing on and clarifying his patient’s oedipal relationship to his father.


We do this out of the fear of chaos inherent in any creud, especially wholesale paradigm shifts and so we resist change accordingly. Ratmxn patient’s presenting symptoms were florid: Create a free personal account to make a comment, download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts and more.


His views were rejected. Over the subsequent years, the case ratkan wider attention from the psychoanalytic community and continues to be interpreted and discussed from different perspectives after nearly one century of his clinical interaction with Freud. In sum, Freud was able to some degree to allay his patient’s panic and render him more functional, both personally and professionally.

The one point that still gives him trouble father-complex and transference has shown up clearly in my conversations with this intelligent and grateful man” [31] — a not insignificant reservation.

There is also considerable confusion in Freud’s write-up of his case history, which manifests a remarkable imbalance between its first and second parts. In the theoretical second part of the case study, Freud elaborates on such defence mechanisms as rationalizationdoubtundoing and displacement.

The importance which Freud attributed to the case of the “Rat Man” is revealed by these facts: Lanzer’s principal fear raman that something terrible was going to happen to his father and a female friend who later became his wife. His particular fear was of rats being strapped to his behind in a cage and left to gnaw their way out through his anus.