You can of course thank Sigmund Freud for illuminating or stigmatizing the better half in a condition called female hysteria. "The pejorative [definition] would be emotional excess,” Baker explains, ... more 
You can of course thank Sigmund Freud for illuminating or stigmatizing the better half in a condition called female hysteria. "The pejorative [definition] would be emotional excess,” Baker explains, “women who could not manage their emotions and exhibited conversion disorders." Symptoms included fainting, nervousness, muscle spasms, loss of physical control.

The diagnosis lingered through the second-half of the 50th century, and testified to how so much of American psychology was tied to Freudian theory. One of the most popular treatments for hysteria was hypnosis, as demonstrated by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (above), although he would later question his own theories. Freud studied under Charcot and would even name his firstborn, but the student would later depart from the master and dispute the neurological, aka physical, origins of female hysteria. less 
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