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Freud and Man's Soul: An Important Re-Interpretation of Freudian Theory Mass Market Paperback – December 12, 1983
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The first thing one notices when reading it is how articulately it is written, and the ease of understanding by which Bettelheim's prose is understood. The clarity and simplicity is wonderful and adds further support for, and credibility to, his claims.
There is no question of his passion to express his explicit concerns regarding the mistranslation of Freud's corpus. However, further benefit are his explanations of the various myths Freud drew on, how Freud constructed his vocabulary, and how Freud was motivated by love and concern for others in an eternal sense.
This is wonderful book that anyone with even the slightest interest in Freud would do well in reading. I wish I had read it first. However, now it is a valuable resource as Bettelheim's understanding of Freud is so thorough, elegant, poignant, and full of respect for this great man and thinker.
Everything the other reviewers said PLUS... the Oedipus Complex for example, is not an obscure every boy wants to delete his father thing. Read the book and see... it has more to do with the day a son surpasses his father, and what that does to the triad of Dad, Mom, son.
The American psychiatric community perverted Freud. I cannot believe the watered down, mistranslated, haha way I was taught "Freudian psychology".
Bettelheim reinterprets Freud through better translation AND correlation to his time and place in history. This book left me agahst. I have never encountered such a profound redirection of a tenent so basic to my understanding of anything.
I was gratified to see that "cathexis" could actually be rendered "charge" or "investment": much more consistent with how Freud uses the term. Freud was certainly a reductionist, but mistranslations of his work make him seem absolutely bloodless.
This is one of the best books on Freud I've ever read.
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This was a great book... did not know much about Freud but this book made him more real and valuable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victor
This should be mandatory reading before attempting to read anything by Freud in English. The author does a good job in explaining the translation errors and helps give you a good... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Guy Reader
I would wonder if it is the most valuable book written in regards to 'who Freud actually is/was' as an analyst; person, humanist, philosopher, independent thinker / leader,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathleen Brown
Wonderful book. Sheds important light on misunderstandings of Freudian thought.Published 7 months ago by Machaelie Halsey
Great book. Shows how the medical field effectively hijacked Freud's ideas and changed them for thier own agenda to make it so only physicians could use psychoanalysis. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jessica E. Frost
Dr. Bettleheim brings an unusual perspective, since he read Freud as a countryman, essentially, and understood
what Freud was saying. The message was simple and direct. Read more
An admirable book to read by all English-speaking analysts. For me, the most importent author's message is his critique of an awful Strachey's translation, this "authorized... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paul V. KATCHALOV
I got to know Freud all over again! Definitely recommend this book!Published 18 months ago by Dena Am