When Nietzsche Wept - Chapters 18, 19, and 20 Summary & Analysis

Irvin D. Yalom
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Chapters 18, 19, and 20 Summary

Breuer realizes Nietzsche is suffering from the same sort of obsession that he is, and he's angry that Nietzsche has not confessed this to him. He begins the next session by telling Nietzsche about a dream he's had, and they work together to try and make sense of it, but Breuer's motive in sharing this dream is to get Nietzsche to open up about his obsession with Lou Salome. It doesn't work, and they both feel angry.

Then Nietzsche tries to get Breuer to attack the Bertha obsession by hurling insults at Bertha. Then he is to give money to charity every time he thinks about her. When this doesn't work, he instructs Breuer to put a pebble in his shoe every time he thinks of her and walk around like that all day. These ploys don't help. Nietzsche then tries...

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