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  1. From the Writing Cure to the Talking Cure: Revisiting the French ‘Discovery of the Unconscious’.Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau - 2019 - History of the Human Sciences 32 (1):41-65.
    It is often said that the advent of the Freudian talking cure around 1900 revolutionised the psychiatric setting by giving patients a voice. Less known is that for decades prior to the popularisation of this technique, several researchers had been experimenting with another, written practice aimed at probing the mind. This was particularly the case in France. Alongside neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot’s spectacular staging of hypnotised bodies, ‘automatic writing’ became widely used in fin-de-siècle clinics and laboratories, with French psychologists regularly asking (...)
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