Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire

Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire

by Hans Jürgen Eysenck

In so doing, Eysenck illustrates the shortcomings of both psychoanalysis as a method of curing neurotic and psychotic behaviors, and of the theory of dreams and their interpretation.

He also analyzes Freud's influence on anthropology and his alleged contributions to science.While books about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis abound, most have been written by followers and acolytes and are therefore uncritical, unaware of alternative theories, or written as weapons in a war of propaganda.

Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire, on the other hand, was written with the non-professional in mind, and is for those who wish to know what modern scholarship has discovered about the truth or falsity of Freudian doctrines.Graced with an incisive new preface by Sybil Eysenck exploring her husband's motivation for writing the book, Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire is an authoritative and convincing work that exposes the underlying contradictions in Freudian theory, as well as the limitations and errors of psychoanalysis.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Psychology
  • Rating: 3.89
  • Pages: 226
  • Publish Date: December 31st 2002 by Routledge
  • Isbn10: 0765809451
  • Isbn13: 9780765809452

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However, he is responsibly careful to point out that this is not the same thing as saying that Freud's psychotherapy or all of his theories have been disproven, it just means there is no evidence in their favor so it is not reasonable to expect people to believe in them based on faith. Eysenck points out that apologists for Freud and psychotherapy have said that he said Freudism and psychotherapy were disproven, but that is actually not what he said, it is a straw man. And Freud's ideas that men are more sexual than women that he expressed in "Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality" makes sense to me. In other words, Kellie Martin, Claire Danes and Fred Savage are not role models to be imitated blindly by students who graduate with no such professional experience or nest egg." I saw a similarity between her criticism of college and Eysenck's criticism of Freud. That was interesting to me because colleges are very left-wing and have inordinate Jewish influence in them and political beliefs resembling Bolshevism.

Yet, somehow, Eysenck discovers that there is basis for the medical part.