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Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire Paperback – August 13, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0765809452 ISBN-10: 0765809451 Edition: Revised
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Hans J. Eysenck (1916-1997) was professor of psychology at the University of London and the director of its psychological department at the Institute of Psychiatry. He was best known for his experimental research in the field of personality. Among his many books are Rebel with a Cause, Dimensions of Personality, The Dynamics of Anxiety and Hysteria, Intelligence, and Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire.

Sybil B. G. Eysenck, wife of the late author Hans Eysenck, is co-director of Personality Investigations, Publications and Services (PIPS), an organization devoted to the promotion of the writings and research of Hans J. Eysenck. She is the co-author, with Hans Eysenck, of Psychoticism as a Dimension of Personality and Personality Structure and Measurement and the co-editor, with Donald Saklofske, of Individual Differences in Children and Adolescents.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; Revised edition (August 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765809451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765809452
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,012,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 23, 2013
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Hans Jürgen Eysenck (1916-1997) was a British psychologist of German origin, known for his work on intelligence testing [The IQ argument] and personality; he wrote many books such as the trilogy: Uses And Abuses of Psychology, Sense and Nonsense in Psychology, and Fact and Fiction in Psychology, as well as his autobiography, Rebel with a Cause. He wrote in the first chapter of this 1985 book, "This book assesses the present day status of Freud's theories in general, and evaluates his claims concerning the scientific status of these theories, and the value of his therapeutic methods." (Pg. 19)

He notes "the sudden and unexpected change that took place in Freud at the beginning of the 1890s... He was a nonconformist member of the bourgeoisie, conservative and orthodox. All of this changed abruptly... where previously he had been extremely straight-laced and Victorian in his sexual attitudes, he was now advocating the complete overthrow of all conventional sexual morality... his [writing] style now became extraordinarily speculative and theoretical... Other symptoms of a personality change ... were the Messianic conviction of a mission...
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