Almost exactly a hundred years ago, the last of Freud’s great case histories was written, though not published until It is, perhaps, his most. The Wolf Man, aka Sergei Pankejeff, was a patient of Sigmund Freud; Freud has been criticized for his diagnosis and treatment of Pankejeff. This is Freud’s groundbreaking study of a wealthy young Russian man, subject to psychotic episodes and neuroses. Through the patient’s dream of childhood.

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Pankejeff also disputed Freud’s claim that he had been cured, and said he resented being ‘propaganda’ and ‘a showpiece for psychoanalysis. Following this event, at the age of about 3 and a half, his sister unexpectedly seduces him, fondling with his penis, informing him his maid had previously done so with the gardener. Trivia About The Wolfman. Freud concludes that the eery calmness of the wolves replaces the cathartic violence of his parents’ sexual intercourse. Ed rated it it was ok Feb 23, He died of cancer on 23 September This is Freud’s groundbreaking study of a wealthy young Russian man, subject to psychotic episodes and neuroses.

Freud’s first publication on the “Wolf Man” was “From the History of an Infantile Neurosis” Aus der Geschichte einer infantilen Neurosewritten at the end of but not published until They argue that wolves are a case of the pack or multiplicity and that the dream was part of a schizoid experience. Freud’s version of the supposed trauma, however, was contradicted by the Wolf Man himself, Sergej Pankejeff, in an interview with Karin Obholzer, a journalist who tracked him down in Vienna in the s.


Jakob rated it liked it Oct 02, The dream interpretation is hilarious – if it doesn’t fit Freud’s theories, the dream shows the opposite of what it seems to be saying until it does. Owlfman key intervention with the Wolf Man rested on a nightmare in which he was lying in bed and saw some white wolves sitting on a tree in front of the open window.

Freud deduced that the dream symbolized a trauma: Sara rated it liked it Jul 10, Freud’s treatment of Pankejeff centered on a feeud the latter had as a very young child, and described to Freud as such:.

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They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Additionally, Pankejeff became one of the main cases used by Freud to prove the validity of psychoanalysis. According to the authors, Pankejeff’s statements hide other statements, while the actual content of his words can be illuminated by looking into his multi-lingual background.

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Frwud would be the genesis of his intestinal issues. This culminates in his sexual awakening, whereupon he approaches his maid, whom threatens him with castration.

The Wolfman and Other Cases

Later in the paper Freud posited the possibility that Pankejeff had instead witnessed copulation between animalswhich was displaced to his parents. InFreud was appointed Professor of Neuropathology at the University of Vienna, a post he held until This would be Sergei’s point of nadir. Critics, beginning with Otto Rank inhave questioned the accuracy and efficacy of Freud’s psychoanalytic treatment of Pankejeff. Very interesting, but if you pick it up be prepared for something on the more dense side.


Freud had been diagnosed with cancer of the jaw inand underwent more than 30 operations. Jung later broke with Freud and developed his own theories.

The Wolfman by Sigmund Freud

Curiously, Freud explains this wolf as representing castration and the Wolf Man is aware that to get affection from his father, he would have to face castration, for he saw his parents copulating, when he was a child. Aneta Sutarov rated it liked it Nov 25, Pankejeff said, ‘The whole thing is improbable,’ since in families of his milieu young children slept in their nanny’s bedroom, not with their parents. Gus Casals rated it really liked it Dec 20, Rebeca Tavares rated it it was amazing May 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The Pankejeff family note: