Totem and Taboo: Some Points of Agreement Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics
Totem and Taboo (1913), first published as a series of four articles between 1912 and 1913, is among Freud's most dazzling speculative texts. Adducing evidence from 'primitive' tribes, neurotic women, child patients traversing the Oedipal phase, and speculations by Charles Darwin, James G. Frazer, and other modern scholars, Freud attempts to trap the moment that civilized life began. It stands as his most imaginative venture into the psychoanalysis of culture.
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Review: Totem and TabooUser Review - Carl Sholin - Goodreads
Fairly dry read. I didn't actually read it, I listened to it on books on tape. Its what you'd expect; Freud does anthropology. A good read for the historical context, particularly if you are interested in the sacred vs. profane dichotomy, and/or the anthropology of World religions. Read full review
Review: Totem and TabooUser Review - Matt - Goodreads
I didn't love this one as much as I love some other Freud I read-- this is, to a surprising degree-- a book on anthropology more than psychology. Freud, I guess, wants to explore the roots of the ... Read full review