Schreber, Daniel Paul, – [Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken. English]. Memoirs of my nervous illness / by Daniel Paul. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness has ratings and 51 reviews. Hadrian said: Here are the memoirs of the life of Daniel Paul Schreber. In his time, he w. In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Inthe distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life.

In his madness, the world was revealed to him as an enormous architecture of nerves, dominated by a predatory God. It became clear to Schreber that his personal crisis was implicated in what he called a “crisis in Inthe distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life.

It became clear to Schreber that his personal crisis was implicated in what he called a “crisis in God’s realm,” one that had transformed the rest of humanity into a race of fantasms. There was only one remedy; as his doctor noted: Schreber “considered himself chosen to redeem the world, and to restore to it the lost state of Blessedness.

This, however, he could netvous do by first being transformed from a man into a woman Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Memoirs of My Nervous Illnessplease sign up. See 1 question about Memoirs of My Nervous Illness…. Lists with This Book. Dec 25, Hadrian rated it really caniel it Shelves: Here are the memoirs of the life of Daniel Paul Schreber.

In his time, he was regarded as a brilliant legal mind with a promising career. Inat the age of 42, Schreber had a minor nervous breakdown after a failed election campaign.

This was not unexpected for a man with stress and long exposure in the public eye, so he took a year-long vacation.

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Inafter being appointed to the highest legal position in the state of Saxony, he had yet another nervous breakdown, and was placed under tu Here are the memoirs of the life of Daniel Paul Schreber. Inafter being appointed to the highest legal position in mekoirs state of Saxony, he had yet another nervous breakdown, and was placed under tutelage under the psychiatric hospital of a Dr.

Fleschig, and stayed there until his release in These memoirs were meant to explain his illness to his wife, any legal authority in charge of his release, but also himself. He believes that all of existence is composed of a network of ‘nerves’, which connect all life and souls. He feels overwhelmed by sunlight and these connections, and believes a great malevolent god he names it Ahriman after illnews evil spirit from Zoroastrianism to be harassing him, with the lesser god of Dr.

Fleschig worming into his mind, hypnotizing him. These baroque delusions are not the sole extent of his symptoms. He feels chest compressions, feelings of coldness, but also danieo “bellowing miracle” Brillwunderor his compulsion to yell repeated phrases. These resemble tics, possibly even Tourette’s. Some of these are obscenities Fuck the sun! The sun is a whore! There is also a feeling of emasculation, or ‘voluptuous’ nerves which force him to want to be a woman.


He puts little daniek in his hair. Eventually, Schreber was able to build up such a convincing case for his release and recovery that he was released inand recovered much faster in memoies company of his beloved wife and away from the cold asylum. Unfortunately, when she had a stroke inSchreber could not endure, dainel was readmitted and held until his death in So what do we know here? This edition has an excellent set of supplemental materials.

There is a glossary of terms which Schreber uses to describe his delusions, reference lists, and the legal documents around his own case. One especially interesting example is Schreber’s own legal defense, written in a period of lucidity, allowing himself to be released with supervision due to ‘harmless insanity’, a precedent for treatment of other forms of mental illness.

There are also large block quotations and analysis of Freud’s opinion. There’s something about repressed homosexuality and paranoia because the cause of that. Almost all of this is either incomprehensible or useless in a clinical sense. However, recent documents have shown Schreber’s father to be an absurdly strict disciplinarian, and his own brother committed suicide in his 30s. The jury is out for years on what Schreber had, or what he means.

I can add very little, as I am not in any sense qualified in psychology. What I can say is that he wrote a detailed compelling look inside this part of debilitating mental illness, and a glimpse of what it might be, to be imprisoned within one’s own mind.

How could he make sense of it all again? Schreber is a sick man, but he is by no means a dumb or stupid one, certainly not worthless as he feels.

His attempts to grasp what he saw and heard, and his attempts to make sense of them, will continue to inspire and cause fury in the drawing rooms of psychiatrists and the few cloistered Freudians who survive. Perhaps, in some ironic way, one of his nervous delusions was right, and dankel idea of Schreber will live on long after him.

View all 4 comments. Mar 28, Charles rated it really liked it. Inafter having served as a judge, he fell ill at the age of Diagnosed as a paranoiac, he spent the next seven years in an asylum, early on mute before the assaults of his hallucinations and only gradually returning to speech with revelations of his bizarre and overwhelming religious experiences.

Mem this book is pretty good if you have an interest in severe mental illness. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, republished by New York Review Books, is his account of those events and written with full confidence in the truth of his visions. Schreber’s problem was God. As his visions showed him, God was a vast net of nerve fibers, all taken from the human corpses, cleansed and raised to blessedness.

But sometime in the schrebwr, one of these nervous souls committed soul murder and the result upset the Order of the World, causing his own ailment. He believed himself memiors be unique in the history of the earth in exerting an unnatural attraction upon God, whose rays reached down from the stars to lodge themselves in his body.

The more they did so, the more feminized he became. And the more female he became, the more he had to worry that God intended to change his sex altogether, then humiliate and rape him, so he could give birth mmemoirs a new race.

He argues with the sun and receives messages from birds; voices shout at him constantly, as God, hoping to sever contact with Schreber, tries to make him completely demented.


God “did not really understand the living human being and had no need to understand him, because, according to the Order of the World, He dealt only with corpses. He writes rationally and clearly, taking dictation from the voices in his head: The world he constructs is coherent and gloriously imaginative, sometimes beautiful and often horrifying. It is a madness which has long struggled with and finally found its voice.

Sep 23, Adam rated it liked it.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If Schreber had had a youtube channel he’d illness running the world right now. The memoirs are already infamous for the revelations of delusion, but they are nonetheless a bit of a chore to read.

Schreber’s explanations always come down to his own certitude of what he has perceived and experienced, i. What unfolds is a process of limitless rationalization of the irrational. So in il,ness words a true life story.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

And that is why reading this hallucinatory confessional is so disturbing: I had thought that I would skip reading the appendixes but they happen to be well-chosen and exemplary. The verdict which liberates Schreber condemns us all to morbid uncertainty, not because we are surrounded by fleeting-improvised-men, but because you have no idea what fucking insane shit the people closest to you are capable of believing.

Notevole, da usare come libro di testo per futuri professionisti del settore, spiega e chiarisce meglio di qualsiasi manuale di psichiatria Nov 22, Jason rated it it was amazing. Deleuze and Guattari advocate for the schizo which is never the same thing exactly as extolling the virtue of your everyday clinical schizophrenic.

They celebrate modes of experience which explode the binary apparatus, pursue startling lines of flight, precipitate nomadic cartographies, and manifestly disrupt conventions inherent to social assemblages.

In his work with and without Guattari, Deleuze frequently extolled the value of creativity and creation. The schizo creates a world and with a world, always against the grain of the dominant rational social order. This is a concept that Dinnage avers would have been completely alien to the medical professionals, some very schooled indeed, who oversaw Schreber’s care in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

I recall Deleuze and Guattari writing rapturously about Schreber’s “solar anus,” insisting that this hallucinated holy orifice is just as much of reality as is anything else. Perhaps Deleuze and Guattari got the memoirs mixed up with Georges Bataille, who did indeed write a marvelous essay entitled “The Solar Anus. That was to change. You see, I suffer from bipolar disorder with psychotic features.

I experienced periodic psychosis in my twenties and two prolonged full-fledged psychotic episodes resulting in hospitalization more harrowing I am certain than anybody who has never experienced such things can possibly imagine.

I, of course, having plenty of reason to be grateful that, unlike in the case of Daniel Paul Schreber, no psychotic episode I experienced became broadly progressive, going on for years and years, almost entirely determining the character of my life. I do, however, know what it is like to hear voices and completely believe in their realness.

Schreber heard many voices. The voices in large part provided for him a rich lexicon to accompany the overwhelming nervous phenomena from which he could not extricate himself.