By Kurt Jacobsen
Freud's Foes, the most recent identify within the Polemics sequence, addresses Freud's fiercest modern critics. The e-book defends psychoanalysis (while accepting that it has inherent flaws) and argues that even if modern foes pose as bold savants, they're in simple terms the newest wave of evaluations that psychoanalysis has encountered considering its arguable delivery and their arguments are simply debunked.
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22 Dreyfus became a political hero too. Raised in a secular middle-class Jewish family, Freud became a lifelong atheist but, in cultural affairs, was a proud though far from militant Jew. ”23 Jewishness may also have made its impact insofar as it distanced Freud from a Vienna medical establishment that still thought of Jews as hereditarily suspect. 29 42 Chapter Two The multitalented Freud, concerned to curb his own speculative tendencies, initially aimed to become a research biologist. After acquiring a medical degree in 1881, he scribbled a skein of highly specialized papers at Ernst Brucke’s laboratory.
21. Procrustes was a legendary tyrant who either lopped off limbs or stretched visitors to fit the size of his “guest bed,” so to speak. He might be called the archetypal control freak. 22. Richard Webster, Why Freud Was Wrong (London: HarperCollins, 1995), p. 42. 23. Sigmund Freud, “Anxiety,” in Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (New York: Norton, 1966), p. 393. 24. “Scientific method involves ruthless objectivity,” observes British scientist Susan Greenfield. “That means that the subjectivity of consciousness is anathema to most scientists because it can’t be measured.
Also see Masson’s Final Analysis: The Making and Unmaking of a Psychoanalyst (London: HarperCollins, 1991). 32 Chapter One 44. Masson, Assault, p. 188. “It was my conviction that what Freud had uncovered in 1896—that, in many instances, children are the victims of sexual violence and abuse within their own families—became such a liability that he literally had to banish it from his consciousness” (p. xxx). 45. In this vein, also see Larry Wolff, Child Abuse in Freud’s Vienna: Postcards from the Edge (New York: New York University Press, 1995).