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Burying Freud

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I cannot claim to have a detailed knowledge of Edward Erwin's book, but I did check it out of the library and look it over casually. It appears to be carefully written. By the way, Erwin is a local colleague of mine (he is in the Department of Philosophy here at the University of Miami) and is well regarded by others on campus. Unfortunately, I have not yet had the opportunity to meet him personally.

Last year was the centenary of Freud's original psychoanalytic book (with Breuer) on hysteria, and perhaps we will at last be able to get some historical perspective on his work. As a lapsed Baptist, I am sometimes find that discussing Freud with the psychoanalytic faithful is like discussing Biblical scripture with acquaintances in the Bible Belt. In my opinion, the main negative contribution of Freud has noting to do with the content of his writings; it is the authoritarian tradition he helped establish in the psychoanalytic movement, requiring that people such as Jung, Adler, Rank, and others be excommunicated for their ideas. On the positive side, I admire most the work of some Freudians who felt free to treat the Master's words as something other than holy writ. Notable examples would be Bowlby and Eriksson. For each of these, other investigators (such as Mary Ainsworth and James Marcia, respectively) were able to translate the concepts into empirical research procedures that were fruitful.

Don Routh

 


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Burying Freud

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I cannot claim to have a detailed knowledge of Edward Erwin's book, but I did check it out of the library and look it over casually. It appears to be carefully written. By the way, Erwin is a local colleague of mine (he is in the Department of Philosophy here at the University of Miami) and is well regarded by others on campus. Unfortunately, I have not yet had the opportunity to meet him personally.

Last year was the centenary of Freud's original psychoanalytic book (with Breuer) on hysteria, and perhaps we will at last be able to get some historical perspective on his work. As a lapsed Baptist, I am sometimes find that discussing Freud with the psychoanalytic faithful is like discussing Biblical scripture with acquaintances in the Bible Belt. In my opinion, the main negative contribution of Freud has noting to do with the content of his writings; it is the authoritarian tradition he helped establish in the psychoanalytic movement, requiring that people such as Jung, Adler, Rank, and others be excommunicated for their ideas. On the positive side, I admire most the work of some Freudians who felt free to treat the Master's words as something other than holy writ. Notable examples would be Bowlby and Eriksson. For each of these, other investigators (such as Mary Ainsworth and James Marcia, respectively) were able to translate the concepts into empirical research procedures that were fruitful.

Don Routh

 


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