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Freud and the Sexual Drive before 1905: From Hesitation to Adoption (2008)


A close study of Freud's use of the terms Trieb, Impuls, etc., allows an insight into Freud's sources of Inspiration, through which I interrogate the importance he gradually granted the concept of drive before 1905. Freud first tentatively introduced the notion of 'sexual drive forces', then developed the hypothesis of a 'communication drive'. There was much hesitancy in his defining the notion of sexual drive. He eventually adopted a concept widely used by psychiatrists at the time, which played a part in the recurrence of an innate --- then hereditary --- theory in psychoanalysis.

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Authors & Contributors
Westerink, Herman
Abraham, Karl
Borch-Jacobsen, Mikkel
Cotti, Patricia
Falzeder, Ernst
Freud, Sigmund
History of the Human Sciences
Psychoanalysis and History
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
German History
History of Psychiatry
Journal of the History of Ideas
Cambridge University Press
University of California, Santa Cruz
Leuven University Press
Oxford (England)
Presses Universitaires de France
Science and culture
Freud, Sigmund
Abraham, Karl
Brücke, Ernst Wilhelm von
Carus, Carl Gustav
Fechner, Gustav Theodor
Hartmann, Eduard von
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
Vienna (Austria)
Habsburg, House of

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