The son of Victor Silberer, a Viennese publisher who also ran a sports newspaper, Herbert was one of the pioneers of aeronautics in Austria. He developed an interest in psychoanalysis and sent a draft of a paper on dreams (Report on a Method of Eliciting and Observing Certain Symbolic Hallucination-Phenomena) to Freud who was impressed and backed its publication in Jahrbuch of 1909. In 1910, Silberer joined the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society and Freud's inner circle. Over the next few years Silberer published a number of papers, mainly dealing with mysticism. He became close friends with Wilhelm Stekel who recognized Silberer's contribution to symbolism. In 1914, he published his greatest work, Problems of Mysticism and Its Symbolism, translated into English by Jelliffe in 1917. Many of his ideas were criticized by Freud and led to his expulsion from the inner circle. He never fully recovered mentally from this disgrace and committed suicide by hanging in 1923. His work on symbolism was a great influence on Carl Jung in his subsequent work.
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Problems of Mysticism and Its Symbolism [Illustrated]
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