Freud and man's soul

by Bruno Bettelheim

Book, 1982

Status

Available

Call number

FR

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Call number

FR

Publication

New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1983, c1982.

Physical description

xi, 111 p.; 22 cm

Local notes

Has Sigmund Freud been seriously misunderstood? The author of The Uses of Enchantment argues that mistranslation has distorted Freud's work in English and led students to see a system intended to cooperate flexibly with individual needs as a set of rigid rules to be applied by external authority. This provocative argument cuts through the myths to reveal a greater, more compassoinate and also far more disturbing figure.

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LibraryThing member b.masonjudy
Bettelheim makes level-headed and astute observations about errors in fundamental Freudian terms and thinking, and a persuasive case for the man and legacy he built that was founded more on a complex engagement with his own experience than an attempt to try to dictate or operationalize the working
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of the psyche.
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