In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest. Schreber, Daniel Paul, – [Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken. English]. Memoirs of my nervous illness / by Daniel Paul. 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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Can’t think of any others like this offhand. You see, we are also treated to legal documents germane to Schreber’s efforts to free himself from tutelage in order to be granted control of his own affairs and to possibly be released from the Asylum. In the next period of his ailment he was convinced that God and the order of things demanded of him that he must be turned into a woman so that he could be the sole object of ilnless desire of God.

The peculiar universe of Schreber’s was mediated by the activity of rays, which could assume a “pure” and “impure” relation; these rays could be controlled by Flechsig or emanated strictly from God, who sought to influence Schreber and his reality by “divine miracles”.

Daniel Paul Schreber

It challenges the reader’s perception of perception while making him or her doubt their decision to read it in the first place. A question that naturally arises is: As Schreber’s nervous illness exacerbates, his body’s magnetic force increases, thus rendering him vulnerable to painful experiments, mind control, and possession by various rays – including but not limited to his doctors, a troupe of young me Written by the world’s most sensible psychotic, Dr Schreber describes his own powerful place within an infinitely lilness cosmic hierarchy of malevolent deities.

She lives in London. Check out the book by Kurt Vonnegut’s son too along the same lines. This book is a strange nnervous to the 1, list since it really isn’t a novel, but it was certainly worth reading. So what do we know here?

For those of us who sometimes dream vividly enough to forget which of our experiences belong to us alone and which are shared with others, it is an indispensable reminder of the humanity which is preserved beneath the surface of insanity and the insanity which lies somewhere in us all.


Mar 04, Robert rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: May 04, Lese. Soul murder and psychiatry. I was fascinated by this for about the first twenty pages but was under the false impression that it would develop and become more conventional.

However, given that this book is several hundred pages of the ravings of a mentally ill person, it naturally gets boring at times. Flechsig continues to pester. That is, the public asylums are provided by the state to care for the mentally ill, who may indeed pose a danger to themselves or others, but they are meant to be places citizens may avail themselves of if they so wish.

The voices in large part provided for him a rich lexicon to accompany the overwhelming nervous phenomena from which he could not extricate himself. Trivia In order to create the other-worldly quality of the “nerve rays,” the production utilized galactic noise from NASA space probes. Memoirs of My Nervous Illness is based on the journal written by Daniel Paul Schreber, a distinguished German judge, while incarcerated in an asylum under the watch of the obsessive Dr.

There I was left to my fate; I spent the rest of the night mostly sleepless in this cell, furnished only with an iron bedstead and some bedding. The world he constructs is coherent and gloriously imaginative, sometimes beautiful and often horrifying.

I do, however, know what it is like to hear voices and completely believe in their realness. Fascinating journey into the mind of Dr. 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. Souls won’t leave Schreber alone. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Jan 31, Pages. After a while, my interest in the depths of his self delusion gave way to revulsion and finally to ennui. This, however, he could only do by first being transformed from a man into a woman Schreber demands to be released and returned to the care of his wife and family.

To read a first-person account of a prominent man’s fall into schizophrenia and ensuing lifestyle is spellbinding, but to do so in a translation of German written in an archaic ish style is mind-numbing. I’ve had a much more up-close-and-personal look at schizophrenia than a lot of people, and hearing Herr Schreber– a man who tried to organize all of his psychotic experiences into a coherent theological and philosophical system– explain his experiences this icily has a dual effect.

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.


Schreber believed himself in contact with God. The film depicts the eccentric man’s increasing descent into his alternate universe of supernatural powers. May 12, Lucas rated it really liked it.

Daniel Paul Schreber – Wikipedia

He also witnesses the sun pause, a fake city, the removal of his penis, and suffers too many other indignities and miracles to list. How could he make sense of it all again? Stay in Touch Sign up. Jul 29, Isaac rated it really liked it. The voices challenged and mocked me for my apparent lack of manly courage until at last Daaniel struck him. Bodily integrity damaged by miracles.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness – Daniel Paul Schreber – Google Books

A the experience he has had was a hallucination existing entirely in his own mind, or B the experience was tangible and real and it is the attendant who is not a real person at all, but an unreal phantasm.

Daniel Paul Schreber was the son of the preeminent nineteenth-century German medical authority on child-rearing. He never stopped hearing voices, bellowing, or receiving communications from birds woodpeckers, blackbirds, swallows, crows, and sparrows but not pigeons, chickens, geese, or ducks. Two Asylums and many years later: Wow, this one took a little longer than I anticipated. Schreber himself deploying absolutely unimpeachable legalistic rhetoric whilst at the same time remaining steadfast in his convictions regarding the legitimacy of his spiritual insights is some of the most amazing shit I have ever read.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Meanwhile, Flechsig struggles to maintain control of his patient, finding himself lf attracted and repelled by Schreber’s femininity. This was not unexpected for a man with stress and long exposure in the public eye, so he took a year-long vacation. It formed the ideological fulcrum of her time in power, a reaction to and indictment of the state-socialist system then rivaling the West but also a highly influential statement of economic orthodoxy that would outlive the Cold War.

Daniel Paul Schreber German: They are not necessarily places to which such patients can be legally incarcerated in contravention of their express desires simply by virtue of a medical analysis.