Tver: Izdanie avtora, 1927. 79 pp.: charts, tables. 22x16,5 cm. In modern wrappers. Very good, pale water stains on the lower margins, erased signature on t.p., some soiling.
First and only edition. One of 3000 copies. Very rare regional imprint with no copies located in Worldcat.
The publication describes the early Soviet method for treating hysteria using hypnosis in opposition to Freud’s psychoanalysis.
The book included an exposition of the experimental work which professor Semen Lifshits carried out in 1923-1927. Being the head of the Moscow Hypnological Society, Lifshits involved some members of the society, as well as students of the 1st MSU, in his practice.
While Sigmund Freud (and his school) abandoned hypnosis, Lifshits practiced it as a more effective way to analyze infantile catastrophes and repressed memories. The author defined hypnoanalysis as the state without censorship that (in contrast to psychoanalysis) hardly affected trauma but formed a connection between an infantile catastrophe and relevant symptoms to gradually treat problems. In this book, Lifshits describes two different approaches, overviewing various cases of hysteria, general types of traumas, including infantile sexual scenarios.