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ABeautifulMind
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AccordingtoWhitebook,Freud's'autoanalysis',thefoundationaleventof youforyoursupport!
psychoanalysis,leftunresolvedandunanalyzedanumberofimportantissues,
suchasFreud'sdifficultrelationshipwithhismother,hisambivalentrelationship
suchasFreud'sdifficultrelationshipwithhismother,hisambivalentrelationship
tohisfather,andhistendencytodevelopstrongattachmentstopowerfulmale
figureswhich,asinthecaseofhisonetimeassociatesFliessandJung,he
ultimatelydiscards.Freud'spersonalunresolvedissuesexplainthelimitationsof
the'officialdoctrine'(10).
Thisthesisisfurtherdevelopedinchapterfive,whichis'optionalreading',
targetedtomoretechnicalreaders.DrawingontheworkofHansLoewald,
CorneliusCastoriadis,AdornoandHorkheimerfromtheFrankfurtschool,and Joinouremaillist!:
othercongenialauthors,WhitebookelaborateshisunorthodoxreadingofFreud. MetapsychologyNew
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hereticalviews.The'officialtheory',firstarticulatedbyFreudin1895,centerson Announcements:Sent
theideaofthefatherasthemainrepresentativeoftheprincipleofreality,and outmonthly,these
thatthepsychicapparatusworksalongthelinesofa'tensionreduction'model, announcementslist
whereaspleasureisforemostadecreaseintension.Finally,the'officialmodel' ourrecentreviews.To
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whichistheindividual'sequivalenttothescientificethos.Thisethosreflectsan Interestedinbecoming
attitudeofmasteryanddominationofexternalandinternalnature,whichthe abookreviewerfor
officialFreudshareswithouthesitations. Metapsychology?
The'unofficialtheory',whilefarfromromanticizingtheunconscious Currently,we
instinctuallife,grantstheinitialidentificationwiththemotherandtheprohibition especiallyneed
representedbythefatheramorepositiveroleinthedevelopmentofthechild, thoughtfulreviewers
anddescribesthematurationprocessasoneofintegrationorcomingtoterms forbooksinfiction,
withtheunconscious(166167).Thepaternalfigureisnolongercharacterized selfhelpandpopular
exclusivelyastheagencythatlaysdowntheprimordialprohibition,butreceives psychology.Toapply,
amorepositivedescriptionastheforcethathelpstheinfantintheprocessof writetooureditor.
separatinghimselffromhissymbioticrelationshipwiththemother(168).
Regardlessofthemeritsofthisinterpretation,thedeterminationtoassignthose Metapsychology
viewstoFreudhimselfremainsthemainquestionmarksofthisotherwise OnlineReviews
enthrallingbiography.
Theremainingchapters(onethroughfourandsixthroughtwelve)takeus
fromGaliciatoVienna,fromFreud'searlystudyintheGymnasium,through
medicalschool,fromhisearlyinterestinneurobiology,tohisstudywithCharcot, Promoteyour
thefirsthesitantstepsintopsychiatricpractice,andtheinventionof Pagetoo
psychoanalysis.Inthisfamiliarterritory,Whitebookpaysparticularattentionto
examplesofFreud'sbehavior,includinghisformulationofspecifichypothesis
regardingpsychologicaldevelopmentthatrevealbiasesthatcanbetracedback
tohisownpsychopathology.Finally,thelastchapter,'LateFreudandtheEarly MetapsychologyOnline
Mother'examinesafewepisodesinFreud'slatelifewherehecamecloseto Reviews
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failedtodoso.WhitebookexaminesFreud'scriticismoftheideaofan'oceanic
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feeling'thataccordingtoRomainRollandistheoriginalsourceofreligion,Freud's
attempttorevisittheproblemoffemalepsychologicaldevelopmentand
sexualityafterhismother'sdeath,thecomplexitiesofhisMosesandMonotheism,
andfinallythediscussionaboutwhatcanbeconsideredasuccessfulanalysisin
AnalysisTerminableandInterminable(1937).InthistextFreud..taking
exceptiontotheworkoffellowpsychoanalystSndorFerenczi..expressesthe
ratherpessimisticviewthatstrongimpulsespreventtheanalysandfromfully
reachingcompletesuccessinhisanalysis.Inthecaseofwomen,shewouldnot
beabletoabandontherepudiationoffemininity,whereasinthecaseofman,he
willnotbeabletoovercomehisfearofpassivityandsubmittohisanalyst.In
bothcases,Freudconceivesthislastthresholdofresistanceasbiological,andnot
asaparticularculturalformation.Whitebookremarksthatboththesespertainto
thecontemporarystruggleagainstmisogyny,andheconcludesthatforthose
whostillendorsepsychoanalysis,thetaskis'tousetheresourceswithwhichthe
reluctantPatriarchprovidedustocriticizethepatriarchythatheoftenseemedto
embody'(454).

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