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Monday 14th March - Friday 18th March 2005 at 3.45pm 

In Freudian Slips Lisa Appignanesi revisits five of Freud’s major works for their centenary. 

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Sigmund Freud

Sexual Aberrations

Written in 1905, Freud's groundbreaking 'Three essays on the theory of sexuality' is one of the pillars on which modern psychoanalysis rests. In the first of these essays, 'Sexual Aberrations' Freud unravels the complex diversity of human desire. Lisa talks to author, Kathy Lette to find out why fetishism isn't too far from shopping and she meets writer and psychoanalyst, Adam Phillips to find out why Freud thought the sexual instinct is such an irresistible force.

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Infantile Sexuality

The second of Freud's 'Three essays on the theory of sexuality' is his ground breaking and shocking exploration of the relationship between children and their parents. In 'Infantile Sexuality' Freud outlines why our experiences and frustrations in childhood form the basis for our adult neuroses. Lisa Appignanesi talks to psychoanalysts and writers to find out how Oedipus lives on today.

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Transformations of Puberty

 In The last of Freud's essays on sexuality he explains why the troubled adolescent has to relive childhood in a bid to leave home. Lisa talks to psychoanalysts working today to find out how the struggles of adolescence have changed over the course of hundred years. She also talks to writer, Sue Townsend to find out what inspired her to write about teenager Adrian Mole and what Freud might have made of him, now, aged 38 and 3/4.

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Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria

'Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria' is Freud's first great case history. Dora was brought to Freud for analysis by her father because of hysterical symptoms and threatened suicide. Dora rejected Freud's interpretations and fled before her treatment was over. Why did she leave and what did Freud learn from his apparent failure? Lisa talks to psychoanalyst and writer, Susie Orbach to find out why 'Dora' would lead to the invention of one of psychoanalysis's most important tools.

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Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious

The Joke Book. In 'Wit and its relation to the Unconscious' Freud explained why the joke, like the dream provides a unique window into the unconscious. Lisa talks to comic Arnold Brown and therapist turned comedian Inder Manocha, to find out what drives the urge to make others laugh. She also talks to psychoanalysts David Bell to find out why we laugh, why we give ourselves away by our jokes and asks if there is a place for humour on the therapist's couch.

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