Sigmund Freud (1856–1939). Selected Papers on Hysteria and Other Psychoneuroses. 1912.
Translators Preface to Second Edition
When the first edition of this translation appeared there was hardly any Freudian literature accessible to the English-speaking reader; at present one can gain a fair knowledge of the Freudian theories by studying the numerous writings on the subject. Yet the ignorance evinced by those who are hostile to the Freudian principles and for that matter also by those of his adherents is really surprising. We can well afford to disregard our uninformed opponents, but heaven protect us from our friends who accept everything without knowing what they do. It is those “wild” psychoanalysts that I had in mind when I added to the second edition Freud’s effective essay “On Wild Psychoanalysis.” The other new chapter, “The Future Chances of Psychoanalytic Therapy,” is considered by his pupils one of the most philosophical and appreciative essays of Freud. It gives a broad and comprehensive outline of the general problems of psychoanalysis and directs us to newer fields of investigation. Both chapters serve to show that there is more to psychoanalytic therapy than would seem on reading a few scattered papers.
May this revised and enlarged edition remove some of the hostile prejudices against Freud’s theories and help toward further enlightenment on the subject of the neuroses.