In her novel, “Guises of Desire,” based on the relationship between Bertha Pappenheim and Dr Joseph Breuer, Hilda Reilly first describes Bertha as a young woman working hard to meet the expectations of her orthodox Jewish family.
As the therapeutic relationship between develops, Bertha’s inner rage against the constraints of her upbringing, her embarrassment at her lack of worldliness, and her envy toward her younger brother, who enjoys greater freedoms and prospects, becomes evident.
Before her therapy, Bertha could claim her decision to be a good daughter was a free choice. She would not image her conformity protected her from her anger, naivety or envy. It was only when fundamental changes occurred in her life, that she was no longer shielded from these emotions.
Patients are shocked when these aspects of the self are revealed in the therapy. Having to face how their anger and fear, for example, has shaped their psychological development, and affected the arc of their life, is very painful.
Here we see how Cilla Black expresses (or doesn’t express) her rage at the heartless man who rejects her.