Mourning and Melancholia

The Other Reality

Sigmund Freud’s “Mourning and Melancholia” The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud The Hogarth Press: London. Vol. 14, pg 239-260.

In his essay, “Mourning and Melancholia”, Sigmund Freud sets out to clarify the difference between mourning and melancholia. Although these states are often triggered by the same circumstances he discusses what conditions need to be present for the two states to progress along their varying paths. While some statements are based on observations much of his writing on melancholia is conjectured, and Freud continues to remind the reader of this by asking questions of his own theories throughout the essay.
“Mourning is regularly the reaction to the loss of a loved person, or to the loss of some abstraction which had taken the place of one, such as one’s country, liberty, an ideal, and so on” (243). Mourning is not associated with pathological issues because it…

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