am 19. Mai 2000
By now it's fairly common knowledge that the side of Freud's work concerned with actual practice is, to understate the case, problematic. He is a brilliant thinker, and a beautiful writer, but his need to find the "truth" of his patients is quixotic at best. However, this very quality makes the Dora case one of the first great modern novels. What is revealed is not so much Dora's truth, as the unravelling of the position of interpretive authority - in this case, the psychoanalyst. Freud imagines himself absent from his analysis, but we see him intrude more and more into the frame as he investigates the secrets of Dora's mind. In this way, the story reads like detective fiction, making evidence less anchored in a tangible structure as it becomes more intent and focused. It's a great, juicy read. Just don't take it to seriously.
am 25. November 1999
There is no doubt about how powerful a psychologist is , especially in terms of the power of voices. In Dora's hysterical case study, I have not only learned that a case such as Dora's traumatic childhood, a adulterous father, and her confused relation with her father's lover, Frau K. had caused her incredible pain in life, especially in a very young age. What makes Dora more powerless, and still paralized condition is, even after a short-time treatment with famous psychologist, Sigmud Freud, there is no doubt that Freud woudn't be the one who can act out for Dora's case, but just giving a ear , and hoped someday Dora would realize who she was, and what was around with her. Anxiety can be caused from various situations in Dora's life. For instance, when she was being kissed by Herr K., she felt a sense of disgust. To me, she was right. When a woman is not expected to be kissed, or felt a sense of shock, rather than happiness, her reaction might be digusting towarding that man, and pushed him way. In Freud's interpretation, he believed that girl was getting mature both physically, and mentally. But she just couldn't accept what was going on in her life, even a simple thing, such as a kiss. Maybe I am bias about how a man treats a woman, but this is very unfair for Dora to be pushed to be kissed even if she loves Herr K. unconditionally.