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Burying Freud

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Dear Don and Ian,

Thought you might be interested to know that I was a colleague of Erwin's when he was at Stony Brook. At least 20 years ago he wrote one of the most thoughtful philosophical critiques of behavior therapy that I have ever read. It was a friendly book but no less critical than the one I have just learned from you he has recently published on Freud.

You are correct, Don, that no amount of reasoned argument will sway a committed Freudian. There are, to be sure, sensible ones (George Stricker comes to mind), but they always seem to have moved away from strict interpretations of The Master and lack the religious fervor that is the hallmark of the true believer.

Perhaps the relevant question psychologists should ask is what keeps seemingly intelligent people believing such hogwash? What deep-seated, unconscious need is being satisfied? What terrible dark secret is being defended against....?

Jerry Davison
University of Southern California
24th April, 1996


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Burying Freud

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Dear Don and Ian,

Thought you might be interested to know that I was a colleague of Erwin's when he was at Stony Brook. At least 20 years ago he wrote one of the most thoughtful philosophical critiques of behavior therapy that I have ever read. It was a friendly book but no less critical than the one I have just learned from you he has recently published on Freud.

You are correct, Don, that no amount of reasoned argument will sway a committed Freudian. There are, to be sure, sensible ones (George Stricker comes to mind), but they always seem to have moved away from strict interpretations of The Master and lack the religious fervor that is the hallmark of the true believer.

Perhaps the relevant question psychologists should ask is what keeps seemingly intelligent people believing such hogwash? What deep-seated, unconscious need is being satisfied? What terrible dark secret is being defended against....?

Jerry Davison
University of Southern California
24th April, 1996


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