Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend

Unauthorized Freud Doubters Confront a Legend Over the past thirty years a revolution has occurred in the study of Sigmund Freud and his brainchild psychoanalysis The Freud of legend has been exposed as fiction a joint concoction of Freud hims

  • Title: Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend
  • Author: Frederick C. Crews
  • ISBN: 9780140280173
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the past thirty years, a revolution has occurred in the study of Sigmund Freud and his brainchild, psychoanalysis The Freud of legend has been exposed as fiction, a joint concoction of Freud himself and his official biographer, Ernest Jones The emerging truth is that Freud was a dogmatist who browbeat his patients and consistently failed to mark the crucial differenOver the past thirty years, a revolution has occurred in the study of Sigmund Freud and his brainchild, psychoanalysis The Freud of legend has been exposed as fiction, a joint concoction of Freud himself and his official biographer, Ernest Jones The emerging truth is that Freud was a dogmatist who browbeat his patients and consistently failed to mark the crucial difference between their fantasies and his own Now Frederick Crews, the most authoritative of Freud critics, collects the trenchant writings of eighteen experts who put to rest the myth of Freud s scientific and therapeutic prowess.The scrupulously researched selections included in Unauthorized Freud reveal the fumbles and deceptions that led to the discovery of psychoanalysis the arbitrary interpretations of dreams, symptoms, and slips the inconsistencies in Freud s case histories and what we now know about his patients and the terrible personal costs incurred by his disciples The conclusion is inescapable the founder of psychoanalysis has been the most dangerously overrated figure in the history of medical science.

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    • Frederick C. Crews

      Crews was born in suburban Philadelphia in 1933 In high school, Crews was co captain of the tennis team and he continues to be an avid skier, hiker, swimmer, motorcyclist, and runner Crews lives in Berkeley with his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Crews, a photographer who was born and raised in Berkeley, CA They have two daughters and four grandchildren.Crews completed his undergraduate education at Yale University in 1955 Though his degree was in English, Crews entered the Directed Studies program during his first two years at Yale, which Crews described as his greatest experience because the program was taught by a coordinated faculty and required students to distribute their courses among sciences, social sciences, literature, and philosophy He received his Ph.D in Literature from Princeton University in 1958.Crews joined the UC Berkeley English Department in 1958 where he taught for 36 years before retiring as its chair in 1994 Crews was an anti war activist from 1965 to about 1970 and advocated draft resistance as co chair of Berkeley s Faculty Peace Committee Though he shared the widespread assumption during the mid 1960s that psychoanalytic theory was a valid account of human motivation and was one of the first academics to apply that theory systematically to the study of literature, Crews gradually came to regard psychoanalysis as a pseudoscience Crews change of heart about psychoanalysis convinced him that his loyalty shouldn t belong to any theory but rather to empirical standards and the skeptical point of view Throughout his career, Crews has brought his concern for rational discourse to the study of various issues, from the recovered memory craze, Rorschach tests, and belief in alien abductions, to theosophy, creationism, and intelligent design, to common standards of clear and effective writing.Fulbright Lectureship, Turin, Italy, 1961 62Essay Prize, National Council on the Arts and Humanities, 1968Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, 1965 66Guggenheim Fellowship Literary criticism , 1970 1 Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Berkeley, 1985Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991Faculty Research Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 1991 92Editorial Board, Rethinking Theory series, Northwestern University Press, 1992 presentNomination for National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction The Critics Bear It Away , 1992PEN Diamonstein Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay The Critics Bear It Away , 1993Berkeley Citation, 1994Inclusion in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2002, ed Natalie Angier Houghton Mifflin , 2002Fellow, Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, 2003 presentBerkeley Fellow, 2005 presentInclusion in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005, ed Jonathan Weiner Houghton Mifflin , 2005Nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award Follies of the Wise , 2006

    330 thoughts on “Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend

    • It's nigh on impossible to confront a person who has been dead for more than a century. Even Freud's acolytes are currently maintaining his theories, many of which have either been plagiarised or re-worked without significant scientific evidence. There are also university lecturers who maintain his flawed logic and pass it off as a factual observation.This book can save a reader or college freshman time and can serve as a supplement to Freud/Breuer's work on hysteria, serving to dismantle the fl [...]


    • This is a perfect introduction to the strongly argued case of the Anti-Freudians. The essays by a variety of experts are short, articulate, rigorous and readable (for the general and expert reader alike). Plus, it's fun to read -- unless you are a Freud groupie.


    • An important critique of Freud's theories and influence, which had a tremendous, now underappreciated, impact on American and global culture in the last half of the twentieth century


    • Disturbing. Creepy. I've always thought there was something fishy about Freud and this book just proves it.


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