In analyzing Freud’s work it is most common to explain his approach to psychology. While his writings have been considered groundbreaking because of his unique understanding of the human psyche it was not this that caught my eye in “Three Case Histories”. However, Freud’s ability to capture the reader in the story showed that he was indeed a master of psychology but also had immense lingual prowess.
Freud explains that language is one key factor in the psychoanalysis process. To explain this to the reader he uses case histories. This means the reader has the chance to sit in the seat of a psychologist, immerse him or herself in the story and examine the words of the patient. Without making clear his observations Freud allows the reader into the mind of both the patient and doctor.
While introducing his case histories Freud actually explains that he is attempting to give the reader an opportunity at analyzing particular stories. To contain the wherewithal to abstain from giving up the results of his investigations, Freud shows off his often unnoticed talent for writing.
Melding writing with psychology is something Freud did often, but is actually something that is present in all works of both fiction and non-fiction, admittedly, to a lesser degree. However, authors work diligently in sequencing words in a way that best touches upon emotions. Freud explains the idea of perception; it is perception-of-self that is the driving commonality between the cases. In fact, it is this perception that the author is trying to mold with his or her own words. A good book will make the reader feel like a part of the world, like they are sitting in the seat of the psychologist and analyzing what the characters are feeling.
Interestingly, “Three Case Histories” explains the idea of the reader perceiving an important role in the progression of a story. While doing so, Freud actually confirms his initiative by placing the reader in this exact position. Ultimately, Freud’s “Three Case Histories” was an analytical approach, unwrapping the ways in which words can capture the reader. Writing, as described by Freud, should take into account the ways in which the reader will perceive the material and how this perception will affect the reader. In doing so, the reader can create strong connections to the written works.