A Way of Looking at Things: Selected Papers, 1930-80 by Erik H. Erikson

By Erik H. Erikson

Erik H. Erikson's manner of issues has contributed considerably to the certainty of human improvement and the character of man.This number of his writings displays the evolution of his rules over the process 50 years, starting together with his earliest stories in psychoanalysis in Vienna. The papers conceal a large spectrum of themes, from children's play and baby psychoanalysis to the desires of adults, cross-cultural observations, younger maturity and the existence cycle. The textual content additionally comprises recollections approximately colleagues corresponding to Anna Freud and Ruth Benedict who performed vital roles in Erikson's lifestyles and paintings.

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39. Comment: This drawing at the top of Plate 39 (a highly schematic depiction of the functional relations between systems of neurons) is Freud’s last neuropsychological drawing. The diagram directly anticipates the metapsychological picture of the same functional relations that he set out four years later in the Interpretation of Dreams (1900). The continuity between this diagram and his subsequent metapsychological one (Plates 40) is clearly evident. Its origin in his last theoretical anatomical writings of circa 1886.

Collection of Bruce Sklarew, MD, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Fig. V. Schematic diagram of the origin of the acusticus: I = The first portion, which terminates in the acusticus ganglion 8e. II = The third portion, which proceed into the fibres of Deiters’s nucleus. III = The second and fourth portions of the nerve, which terminate in the interior acusticus field (8i). Central projections: Ctrp = Corpus trapezoides. 1 = Fibres which connect the exterior with the interior nucleus. 2 = Fibres from 8i to the raphe.

O. von Darkschewitsch, demonstrated the existence of links between the posterior spinal columns and the cerebellum in the restiform body. It is hard to imagine nowadays, when medical students simply learn the anatomy of the brainstem from textbooks, that barely 100 years ago pioneers like Freud were laboriously identifying structures and connections in this tiny but highly complex part of the nervous system. In this work, Freud’s methodology was again interesting. Instead of attempting to directly map the masses of fiber-paths within this densely compacted part of the adult brain, he studied the much simpler patterns that can be more easily visualized in the fetal and infantile brain.

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