Despite the fact that there are so many facets of psychoanalysis to explore, as well as different practitioners than Sigmund Freud, the concept of sex and how its connection to the thoughts and actions of an individual remains the most popular component of the theory.
Freud was famous for linking actions to some sexual connection, using the stories that concern individual’s dreams or fantasies as a window into their overall development. In addition, the practice of engaging in free association with patients was Freud’s way of attempting to interpret their true overall beliefs. A series of books on Freud’s writings have been written by Patrick Mahony, looking at all aspects of his career. This includes books of specific patients, including Ida Bauer, who was given the pseudonym of Dora.
Bauer spoke to Freud about two dreams she had. In one of them, a house fire led her father to ignore saving her mother’s jewel case. Freud’s sexualized interpretation was that the failure to save the case was connected to Bauer’s real-life issue of her father not protecting her from sexual advances by a neighbor.
With decades of perspective helping offer a cogent analysis, Patrick Mahony is able to connect how Bauer bisexuality, coupled with issues such as the trauma affecting her, offer an effective interpretation of those dreams. Freud’s direct connection between anxiety and sexuality was supposed to lead to repression because of the perceived stigma involved. However, Patrick Mahony was able to show that Freud wasn’t above manipulating information gained from patients and using them to specifically champion his own theories. That approach was something that Patrick Mahony detected in the “Rat Man” case, where Freud attempted to link that individual’s masturbation to the death of his father.