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By Paul Roazen

ISBN-10: 0870238736

ISBN-13: 9780870238734

To someone attracted to the background of Freudian psychoanalysis, the paintings of Paul Roazen is widely known. during the last 20 years he has written and edited a number of books within the box, together with significant biographies of Erik Erikson and Helene Deutsch. during this new e-book Roazen reaches again to the start of his profession within the Nineteen Sixties, whilst he interviewed greater than seventy those that had identified Sigmund Freud individually, between them approximately a dozen participants of Freud's family members. those integrated 3 of Freud's childrens - Oliver, Mathilda, and Anna - and several other in-laws, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Roazen additionally met with many individuals of Freud's "other" family members - the lads and ladies who grew to become a part of the psychoanalytic circulation and thought of Freud as their mentor and patriarch. The targeted notes Roazen took in the course of those interviews give you the foundation for this booklet, which deals clean insights and data approximately Freud and Freudianism. Roazen recounts, for instance, the tale of his discovery that Anna Freud were psychoanalyzed by means of her father, and he explores the strained relatives among Freud and his quite a few typical and highbrow progeny. half own memory, half old research, assembly Freud's family members examines the issues of intersection in Freud's existence and suggestion. In so doing, it enriches our knowing and demystifies the legacy of 1 of the main influential figures of the trendy age.

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I was proceeding on the premise that a theory of human nature was essential, and that Freud's concept of the power of unconscious forces was a memorable step in intellectual history. In the course of my training in social philosophy, it was widely agreed that all past political thinkers, beginning with Plato and Aristotle in ancient Greece, had had distinct conceptions about the nature of psychology and what accounts for motivation. Yet when I told one senior member of my own department about what I proposed to do at "Psycho," sit in on case conferences, the reaction to my novel enterprise was so grimly unfavorable that there was no reason for me to repeat the unwelcome news to anyone else.

In that fall of 1964, I had just interviewed another elderly analyst, Dr. Abram Kardiner, at his Park Avenue apartment in New York City. When I started studying Freud in the early 1960s, I read everything about him that I could lay my hands on. But the whole purpose of conducting my own interviews with those who had known Freud was to have a look for myself. Kardiner had written some important books on social thought, and he, like Helene Deutsch, had been personally analyzed by Freud. The question of who had analyzed whom was more than a matter of any social pecking order; the fact that Grete Bibring had only been analyzed by a contemporary of Helene's, instead of by Freud himself, said something about Grete's relative standing in Vienna; it meant that she was accorded less importance as a source of information about the early days of psychoanalysis.

Although Jungians and Adlerians, for example, could not be expected to give me any first-hand accounts of Freud, since they had been reared at a distance from him, they could all give me critical insight into the kinds of questions I might like to keep in the back of my mind. There is an old German proverb which says that hatred can lead to intelligence, and as I proceeded in my work I assumed that even Freud's enemies might have something important to teach. Their reservations were sometimes sound and respectful, legitimate objections that were not recognized in the available literature.

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