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Was the father of psychoanalysis a fraud? As the Library of Congress prepares to launch its Freud exhibition in September 1998, critics mount a serious challenge to his legacy

The myth: Sigmund Freud was the heroic investigator who discovered a way to uncover the mind's secret wishes and repressed traumas, thereby curing his neurotic patients and freeing a culture from its dependence on sexual denial.

The reality: Professor Crews argues that Freud devised a self-validating method of inquiry, deluded himself about his patients' illnesses, and failed to cure them. He founded a doctrinaire movement that has excommunicated dissenters while trying to evade empirical scrutiny.

In Unauthorized Freud, Frederick Crews, America's best-known and most trenchant opponent of psychoanalysis, frames the revisionist case against Freud in selections by historians and critics. Drawing on such astute observers as Frank J. Sulloway, Adolf Grunbaum, Ernest Gellner, and Frank Cioffi, Crews has assembled a powerful case against the coherence of Freud's brainchild. Free association, transference, symbolic dream interpretation, the Freudian slip, female masochism, penis envy — each classical tenet of psychoanalysis is shown to be fundamentally flawed. Together with Crews's pointed analysis, these chapters produce a shattering sense of finality: the Freudian revolution is now a thing of the past.

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A mustering of 18 opposition stalwarts who accuse the master of being a dogmatist who browbeat his patients and consistently failed to distinguish between their fantasies and his own, and accuse his child, psychoanalysis, of offering no credible evidence for the top-heavy Freudian system of mental laws and powers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670872213
Subtitle:
Doubters Confront a Legend
Editor:
Crews, Frederick C.
Author:
Crews, Frederick
Preface:
Crews, Frederick C.
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
History
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Freud, sigmund, 1856-1939
Subject:
Psychoanalysis -- History.
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Publication Date:
19980801
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.40x6.36x1.09 in. 1.32 lbs.

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