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Why Freud Was Wrong

Sin, Science, and Psychoanalysis

by Richard Webster

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Published by Basic Books .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Number of Pages696
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7594169M
ISBN 100465091288
ISBN 109780465091287

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly Journalist Webster explores the thesis that Freud misdiagnosed his early hysteria patients-essentially founding psychoanalysis on a false premise. From the beginning, his work was intertwined with the canonical literature of his time. And, using Freud as examplar, Webster reveals what he considers to be a cryptic Judeo-Christian ethos embedded in the foundations of the scientific world view. Her book, Tribute to Freud, is a memoir of her psychoanalytic treatment. Phallic symbols.

Again, nonsense. Freud's theory of humor is based on his theory of the id, ego, and superego. Freud and his theories had very specific failings that both explain the appeal, and explain the weaknesses. He was totally, utterly wrong about gender. The book takes a closer look at a number of deviations that occur during everyday life, including forgetting names, slips of the tongue aka Freudian slips and errors in speech and concealed memories. Anal retentiveness.

The following is from the prologue to The Question of God: C. He writes: "Here is a door behind which, according to some people, the secret of the universe is waiting for you. There are cases, too, in which the patient tries to disown [the memory] even after its return. But Lewis embraced an atheistic worldview for the first half of his life and used Freud's reasoning to defend his atheism. The studies are rich texts to be questioned, critiqued, studied, imitated, modified and fictionalised. But just as one malpractice case can bring down a physician, so can a misguided, outmoded technique sully the reputation of an entire profession.


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Why Freud Was Wrong book

Library Journal This book takes its title from the oft-cited maxim " There are cases, too, in which the patient tries to disown [the memory] even after its return. Other major thinkers have contributed work that grew out of Freud's legacy, while others developed new theories out of opposition to his ideas.

One might compare such a success to that of man contemplating space travel, one may speculate, but what are the practical results? Further, she argued that it was this tolerance that led to their happiness and lack of sexual neurosis.

He argued that Webster lacked familiarity with the history of ideas in 19th-century Germany and Austria and was too "Anglo-centric" in his approach, and criticized him for devoting only half a page to Freud's most intellectually formative years, and ignoring published letters by Freud written during that period.

He even takes a potshot at the celebrated author James Fenimore Cooper, who is accused of making literary blunders of the first order. The ego. The Oedipus complex. But today he is as likely to turn up as a character as a theoretical catalyst.

Why Freud Was Wrong: Sin, Science, And Psychoanalysis

Recommended for larger collections. There's the skeptic Ivan, who wishes to live more among cold concepts than people.

Does Sigmund Freud still matter?

Lewis then rejected his atheism and became a believer. No matter, for Freud confidently feels with more psychoanalysis he can succeed. The Austrian neurologist best known for creating psychoanalysis has both been hailed as a "revolutionary" and lambasted as a "fraud. There are many thousands of psychotherapists and counsellors who practise with genuine sensitivity and understanding.

He cites solicitor Bilhar Singh Uppal as arguing that while Webster is right to open debate, there has been no wholesale fabrication of evidence. Well, for one, mostly they are not falsifiable, so they do not fit into the definition of a scientific theory and psychology likes to think that it is a science.

Christian Wolmar writes that in Webster's view "there is a grave risk of injustice against care workers because there are financial incentives" to make false claims and police have encouraged alleged victims to come forward by suggesting that they may obtain damages.

Follow BBC Culture. He lives in Suffolk, England. If the notions of the id, ego, or superego had been subjected to rigorous peer review, they would undoubtedly not be as widely known as they are today.

Why Freud Was Not a Scientist

They are, therefore, mutually exclusive — if one is right, the other must be wrong. The studies are rich texts to be questioned, critiqued, studied, imitated, modified and fictionalised. Psychoanalysis may legitimately be shown to likewise fail the criteria. She gave as an example the way Webster moved from correctly noting that Freud "did hound some of his patients to give him the evidence he was looking for", to incorrectly concluding that all of his patients' accounts of seductions and fantasies were Freud's reconstructions, thereby undermining a sound observation.

You didn't ask what was right with Freud's theories, so I won't butt in with things like the whole invention of modern psychotherapy, and such. If, however, it knows both these things, it is difficult to understand how it can avoid being conscious of it.

Decker accepted that some of Webster's objections to Freud "had some substance", but in her view he destroyed the validity of these points by taking them to extremes. The New York Times article mentioned Freud's "worldwide fame and greatness," referring to him as "one of the most widely discussed scientists," mentioning that "he set the entire world talking about psychoanalysis" and noting that his ideas had already permeated our culture and language.

Today they circulate freely and find expression in ordinary linguistic usage. In all such cases, I remain unshakeably firm. Phallic symbols.Jun 01,  · My main criticism of "Why Freud Was Wrong" lies in the lenghty later part of the book in which Webster argues that Freud's theories form part of a long Judeo-Christian tradition.

It's well argued, but for me, this was less interesting than the material relating to psychoanalysis per se. Mar 12,  · I was interested in his research for the book and, at some moment in our discussion, I brought up the fact that as a neurologist, Freud had spent years studying nerve cells in a laboratory in.

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NOTE: We only request your email address so that the person you are recommending the page to knows that you wanted them to see it, and that it is not junk hildebrandsguld.com: John S Callender. Dec 17,  · Why should they not? He was a bit of a twit, his theory is upside down (see the book “Origins of Love and Hate” by Richard Suttie, or ’38 - I cannot recall exactly) and his mcp fin de siecle Viennese assumptions have been morphed into the of.

‘The best new book I’ve read this year was Why Freud Was Wrong, by Richard Webster, a calm, lucid and devastating account of a very flawed scientist.’: SEBASTIAN FAULKS, Books of the Year, The Daily Mail ‘Why Freud Was Wrong is the most exciting book I’ve read in years.

It’s almost magical how the clarity of Richard Webster’s prose makes his profound thinking accessible to the.