Hysteria has disappeared from contemporary culture only insofar as it has been subjected to a repression through the popular diagnosis of "borderline personality disorder." In Hysteria, the distinguished psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas offers an original and illuminating theory of hysteria that weaves its well-known features -- repressed sexual ideas, indifference to conversion, over-identification with the other -- into the hysteric form.
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Introduction. The Characters of Psychoanalysis. Sexual Epiphany. Sexuality and its Transformations. In the Beginning is the Mother. Erotising Absence. Functions of the Father. The Seduction of the Story. Hot and Cold. Showing Off. Self as Theatre. The Malignant Hysteric. Transference Addicts. Seduction and the Therapist. The Last Chapter. References. Index.