In this timely new work, Professor Brett Kahr presents a narrative of Sigmund Freud’s own personal struggle with many near-death experiences. In view of the numerous difficulties which Sigmund Freud had to navigate across his lifetime, ranging from the Spanish flu of 1918 to the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938, he certainly had every reason to throw in the towel. But in spite of these immense challenges, he persevered with the living of his life. Having found Freud’s lust for survival to be quite inspiring, Professor Kahr shares the richness of Freud's inner world, offering access to the unique insights and capacities of the father of modern psychology and showing how psychoanalysis can help us all to survive, and even to thrive, during the very worst of times.
Prologue: Fundraising for Freud Introduction: “Wouldn’t it be better if we all killed ourselves?” Chapter 1: The Fraudulent Jewish Pervert: Navigating Decades of Collegial Hatred. Chapter 2: The Great War and the Spanish Flu: An Imprisoned Son and a Dying Daughter. Chapter 3: From Compulsive Cigar-Smoking to Deadly Carcinoma: Freud’s Battle with Physical Pain. Chapter 4: Death Wishes and the Nazis: How Freud Escaped from Austria. Chapter 5: Freud’s Recipe for Creativity and Survival: The Writing Cure and the Role of Penetrativity. Conclusion: If Sigmund Freud could have supervised Anthony Fauci Acknowledgements. Scholarly clarifications. End notes References. Index.