Freud: The Making of An Illusion

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From the master of Freud debunkers, the book that definitively puts an end to the myth of psychoanalysis and its creator.

Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential figures of western society. His ideas transformed the way that we think about our minds, our selves and even our thoughts. But while he was undeniably a visionary thinker, Freud's legend was also the work of years of careful mythologizing, and a fierce refusal to accept criticism or scrutiny of his often unprincipled methods.

In Freud: The Making of an Illusion, Frederick Crews dismantles Freud's totemic reputation brick by brick. Looking at recently revealed correspondence, he examines Freud's own personality, his selfishness, competitiveness and willingness to cut corners and exploit weaknesses to get his own way. He explores Freud's whole-hearted embracing of cocaine as a therapeutic tool, and the role it played in his own career. And he interrogates Freud's intellectual legacy, exposing how many of his ideas and conclusions were purely speculative, or taken wholesale from others.

As acidic as it is authoritative, this critique of the man behind the legend is compulsory reading for anyone interested in Freudianism.

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Comentário do usuário  - michaelg16 - LibraryThing

Poorly written and mean-spirited, this nasty "biography- cum -debunking" is not entirely wrong. In fact Crews knows his stuff quite well having been a prominent Freudian literary critic in the not so ... Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - tonynetone - LibraryThing

Freud was a fraud! the least science confirm our report science-based psychotherapy. Freud: The Making of an Illusion Freud was a despicable person with multiple character flaws. well-referenced ... Ler resenha completa

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Sobre o autor (2017)

Frederick Crews is an essayist and literary critic. Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, Crews is the author of books on Henry James, E. M. Forster and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Postmodern Pooh, a book of satirical essays parodying contemporary criticism (Profile). Crews has written a number of essays, book reviews and commentaries for the New York Review of Books, on topics including Freud.

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