Sigmund Freud's Christian Unconscious

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Gracewing Publishing, Jan 1, 1993 - Psychology - 287 pages
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This fascinating book casts a searching eye on Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, who is well known for his critique of religion. By closely studying Freud's life and making extensive use of his correspondence and writings, Paul Vitz points out the pervasive yet little-recognized influence of Christianity on Freud and shows convincingly how Freud's antireligious beliefs and theories arose out of his own unconscious needs and traumatic childhood experiences.
  

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Contents

Chapter One The First Three Years
1
Importance for Religion
8
Was His Nanny a Thief?
16
Freuds Response to the Loss of His Nanny
22
Freuds First Annaor What Was the Nanny Called?
29
Freuds Rejection of His Father
36
The Meaning of the Name Sigismund
42
18731882
48
Mozarts Don Giovanni
117
Rome Malleus Maleficarum
123
Splitting
141
Splitting and Object Relations Theory
147
Freud and the Occult
157
Jesus as the AntiOedipus
166
19001939
172
19061914
178

Conclusion
56
Chapter Three Young Manhood
57
18871902
69
Velikovskys Thesis
80
Poems and Novels 9 7
97
Freud and Literature
103
Cocaine and the Devil
110
Heines Lazarus
182
Pater Father Schmidt and the Catholic Church
197
Freuds Lack of Experience with Religious Patients
210
Notes
223
Bibliography
261
Index
275
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Paul C. Vitz is professor emeritus of psychology at New York University. His other books includeSigmund Freud's Christian Unconscious and Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism

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