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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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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; Revised edition (August 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765809451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765809452
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.3 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 (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,865,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Antonis on August 9, 2010
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The Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire is a book that seeks to criticize and challenge Freudian concepts, theories and treatment, based on scientific evidence and alternative theories and methods of treatment. It further traces many of the ideas that are credited to Freud back to the original contributors of those ideas, showing which ideas were Freud's, and which were borrowed from others and were mis-credited to him.
Overall, the author makes a solid argument, taking each Freudian theory, and bombarding it with data from scientific research that disproves it. Heavy criticism is also found on the experiments and research done by Freud himself, many times explaining that Freud misdiagnosed his patients, failed to cure them but presented them as cured, and based his theories on simply false evidence. The author offers an excellent bibliography for anyone interested in tracing further the scientific research and criticism that he presents against Freud.
The debate over Freudian psychoanalysis may not be as heated today and it was the last century, as most of Freud's ideas are now considered unscientific and false. However, a quick look at the reviews on Amazon of Freud's books, one can see that the general public still believes that Freud was a scientific genious and that his theories are a solid basis for understanding human nature.
This book is a clearcut argument with scientific evidence against Freud, and should be read by anyone who believes that Freud's theories are scientific and should be taken seriously.
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2 of 2 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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