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 - Catherine Woodman - Goodreads
I first read this in a college course, and found his body of work to be eye opening and thought provoking--although not all that easy to read--I would never have guessed that I would go on to be a psychiatrist, but he rocked my world Read full review
Review: Totem and TabooUser Review - Shawntel - Goodreads
I enjoy Freud. You can tell he's just so damn SURE of himself. He's unafraid to make wild claims on speculative evidence, and this book exemplifies that tendency. Here he suggests that Totemism (and ... Read full review