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50 Dora. Symptom, Trauma and Phantasy in Freud’s Analysis of Dora 2. The Meaning of Dora’s Symptoms We still have to examine another important difference between Freud’s account in Dora’s case history and that of the seduction theory. In the case history of Emma symptoms only develop after the second trauma, in the clothing store where her memory of assault by the grocer resurfaces. These symptoms are caused by the deferred (nachträglich) working of the childhood trauma. This is no longer true in the case of Dora.
The medical practitioner who, in his capacity as family doctor, observes the members of hysterical families at all ages will certainly be inclined to regard this disposition as lying in an excess rather than in a defect” (Freud & Breuer 1895a, 240) . 30 Between trauma and disposition up surplus energy that cannot be confined within the banks of emotional life, so that it constantly overflows into the motor system, the senses, the vasomotor and visceral organs. Before an exam or public appearance, for instance, everyone feels a little stressed, but not everyone experiences hyperventilation, heart palpitations, diarrhoea, vomiting, shaking or fainting (Freud & Breuer 1895a, 241).
28 This distinction has to be acquired during childhood and puberty. The organic repression, then, is rather a separation between that which is sexual and that which is dirty. This split is never completely successful. In every human sexuality there is inevitably a relationship with the disgusting: “The Early Christian Father’s ‘inter urinas et faeces nacsimur’ clings to sexual life and cannot be detached from it in spite of every effort at idealization” (Freud 1905a, 31). The hysterical aversion to sexuality lies in the extension of this universally human problem.