A Few Impertinent Questions: About Autism, Freudianism and Materialism

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Philosophy - 200 pages
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The Freudian view seemed to be that people consist of Ids, ego's and superego's. People are supposedly also inhabited by something called a subconscious, a mysterious entity with a tendency to think naughty thoughts and keep them a secret from one's conscious self. When this naughty subconscious takes over and controls one's actions - without permission - people become neurotic. If the patient lies on a couch and talks, and a psychiatrist listens, the subconscious might be tricked into revealing itself. Once enticed out into the open by a therapist, the subconscious supposedly looses its power to cause neurosis.

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When psychologists began trying to convince the author that she had rejected her autistic child, she turned to writing. It was a way to preserve a sense of humor and feel relatively normal. She has been writing this same book for nearly fifty years, and has expanded her interest from opposition to Freud to a general skepticism of scientific materialism. She insists that she has no credentials and is not an authority on anything. However, we are all equal authorities when it comes to unprovable philosophical concepts.

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