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O pequeno Hans

por Carla Hilário Quevedo, em 23.12.08

"When Hans was four years old we moved into a new flat. A door led out of the kitchen on to a balcony, from which one could see into a flat on the opposite side of the courtyard. In this flat Hans discovered a little girl of about seven or eight. He would sit on the step leading on to the balcony so as to admire her, and would stop there for hours on end. At four o'clock in the afternoon in particular, when the little girl came home from school, he was not kept in the room, and nothing could induce him to abandon his post of observation. Once, when the little girl failed to make her appearance at the window at her usual hour, Hans grew quite restless, and kept pestering the servants with questions - When's the little girl coming? Where's the little girl? and so on. When she did appear at last, he was quite blissful and never took his eyes off the flat opposite. The violence with which this 'long-range love' came over him is to be explained by his having no playmates of either sex. Spending a good deal of time with other children clearly forms part of a child's normal development."


Sigmund Freud, "Analysis of a Phobia in a Five Year Old Boy, Two Case Histories: 'Little Hans' and the 'Rat Man', The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, vol. X, translated and edited by James Strachey (in collaboration with Anna Freud), London: Vintage, 2001, pp. 15-16.

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