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Friends offer us Freud debunkers – but after you hear about the cocaine …

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About “crazy as a shrink,” what else did you need to know?

In view of this. Displaying just a hint of schadenFreud, physicist Rob Sheldon suggests:

Freudian fraud : the malignant effect of Freud’s theory on American thought and culture
Torrey, E. Fuller (Edwin Fuller), 1937- New York : HarperPerennial, 1993, c1992.

The rise and crisis of psychoanalysis in the United States : Freud and the Americans, 1917-1985
Hale, Nathan G. New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.

The hoax of Freudism : a study of brainwashing the American professionals and laymen
Jurjevich, Ratibor-Ray M., 1915- Philadelphia : Dorrance, c1974.

Freud and philosophy : an essay on interpretation
Ricœur, Paul. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1970.

And another scientist couldn’t resist reminding us of the cocaine story:

There is also a subplot to Cohen’s biography: the resistance the writer encountered from some specialists while researching his book. The reputation of the Viennese enigma remains unassailable among official biographers, but with every passing year, the weight of evidence points more clearly to the high price that Freud and his intimates paid for the ‘cocaine years’.

Wow. That’s right up there with “Darwin was not a racist.”

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I met this same resistance years ago whilst studying for a CertEd. The lecturer spoke about Freud and his relevance to education in a very approving way – devoid of any critique. My protests were interpreted as a very odd/unconventional intervention, leaving me mystified by having to treat Freud as some sort of guru. Why is this man so influential? I suspect the explanation has parallels to the appeal of evolutionary psychology today: the assumption is that we are evolved animals whose guilt feelings, sexual urges and mental fantasies can all be explained in ways that allow us to life with ourselves without reference to God, morality or the consequences of our selfish behaviour. David Tyler

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