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Austrian psychoanalyst Herbert Silberer was born on February 28,in Viennawhere he ended his life by suicide on January 12, Victor Silberer, his father, was a self-made man who ran a sports silbeder and a publishing house. A sportsman himself, Herbert was one of the pioneers of Austro-Hungarian aeronautics.

He came to psychoanalysis self-taught, with a view to resolving his personal conflicts. After receiving Silberer’s observations on the intermediary silbeerer between waking and sleep, Freud advised Jung July 19, to publish the paper, remarking, “Silberer is an unknown young man, probably a better-class degenerate; his father is a well-known figure in Vienna, a member of the city council and an ‘operator.

Herbert Silberer

InSilberer’s “Report on a Method of Eliciting and Observing Certain Symbolic Hallucination-Phenomena” was published in the second volume of the newly launched Jahrbuch ; it eventually appeared in English Silberer In this article, Silberer described the hypnagogic states and explained the formation of symbols as revealing affects and emotions in a “functional” way and personalizing various states characteristic of the dreamer’s psychic processes.


An Introduction” cFreud wrote that this was “one of the few indisputably valuable additions to the theory of dreams,” adding that Silberer had “thus demonstrated the part played by observation — in the sense of the paranoiac’s delusions of being watched — in the formation of dreams” p.

Articles published over the next several years showed Silberer’s increasing interest in esotericism and mysticism. Freud recognized his contributions to symbolism, as did Wilhelm Stekel, with herbet Silberer would maintain a close relationship after the latter’s rupture with Freud.

Silberer’s major work, Problems of Mysticism and Its Symbolismpublished in and translated into English three years later, distinguished Freud’s views on the dream from his own. Freud criticized his concept of “anagogic” interpretation, describing the evolution of dreams during treatment toward more general and universal symbolization, and he also noted Silberer’s deemphasis of sexuality and tendency to rationalize.

He seems to be badly infected by the philosophic virus.

Despite resigning heerbert the publication grew increasingly hostile to Freud and psychoanalysis, his association with the journal further damaged his relations with the Vienna Society. Paul Roazen published a letter of Freud dated April 17, After my observations and impressions of recent years I no longer desire personal contact with you.

Bernd Nitzschke does not silbrrer Roazen’s conviction; based on the obituary by Stekelhe believes the letter was addressed to Silberer’s father, Viktor. In fact, Stekel, who was surprised by Silberer’s suicide, stressed the Vienna Society’s unfavorable reaction to his lecture on dreams on November 1, Forty years after sliberer death, Carl G. The complete correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest JonesBelknap Press of Harvard University Press. The theory of symbolism.


In Papers on psychoanalysis. An Inquiry into the separation and synthesis of psychic opposites in alchemy. Freud et Herbert Silberer. Revue internationale d’histoire de la psychanalyse2 Einige Anmerkungen zu den psychoanalytischen Konzepten “Lustprinzip” und “Todestrieb.

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Freud and his followers. Problems of mysticism and its symbolism. Report herbret a method of eliciting and observing certain symbolic hallucination-phenomena. Organization and pathology of thought.

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