Freud: The Making of an Illusion

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Metropolitan Books, Aug 22, 2017 - Psychology - 640 pages

From the master of Freud debunkers, the book that definitively puts an end to the myth of psychoanalysis and its creator

Since the 1970s, Sigmund Freud’s scientific reputation has been in an accelerating tailspin—but nonetheless the idea persists that some of his contributions were visionary discoveries of lasting value. Now, drawing on rarely consulted archives, Frederick Crews has assembled a great volume of evidence that reveals a surprising new Freud: a man who blundered tragicomically in his dealings with patients, who in fact never cured anyone, who promoted cocaine as a miracle drug capable of curing a wide range of diseases, and who advanced his career through falsifying case histories and betraying the mentors who had helped him to rise. The legend has persisted, Crews shows, thanks to Freud’s fictive self-invention as a master detective of the psyche, and later through a campaign of censorship and falsification conducted by his followers.

A monumental biographical study and a slashing critique, Freud: The Making of an Illusion will stand as the last word on one of the most significant and contested figures of the twentieth century.

 

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Poorly written and mean-spirited, this nasty "biography- cum -debunking" is not entirely wrong. In fact Crews knows his stuff quite well having been a prominent Freudian literary critic in the not so ... Read full review

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Freud was a fraud! the least science confirm our report science-based psychotherapy. Freud: The Making of an Illusion Freud was a despicable person with multiple character flaws. well-referenced ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
SIGMUND THE UNREADY 1 Between Identities
9
Getting By
24
Forsaking All Others
39
THE FIRST TEMPTATION 4 White Magic
57
A Friend in Need
74
The Wrong Discoverer
91
Expert Judgments
109
Narrative Truth
380
Arraying the Neuroses
398
OFF THE DEEP END 23 The Secret Sharer
415
The Freudian Neuron
435
Diminished Capacity
452
Dire Therapy
466
SelfSeduced
486
The Breakthrough That Wasnt
506

The Survivor
127
Exit Pursued
140
BLIND SUBMISSION 10 A French Connection
157
The Travesty
172
Attachment Therapy
189
In Dubious Battle
212
PLAYING DOCTOR 14 Medicine Man
239
Tending to Goldfish
258
Lessons Taken and Applied
275
Traumas on Demand
293
HIS TURN TO SHINE 18 Now or Never
319
The Founding Deception
339
Adjusting the Record
361
The Labyrinth of Reproaches
519
LITTLE BIG MAN 30 Wishing Makes It So
543
Sexual Healing
563
The Unborn Avenger
578
Girl Trouble
590
A Law unto Himself
617
Imposing His Will
641
Are We Being Freudian Yet?
661
Notes
667
Works Cited
709
Acknowledgments
731
Index
733
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Frederick Crews is the author of many books, including the bestselling satire The Pooh Perplex and Follies of the Wise, which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award. He is also a professor emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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