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Cassandra's Daughter: A History of Psychoanalysis Paperback – February 1, 2001
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Joseph Schwartz is a psychotherapist and writer. He has held appointments in physics and in psychiatry at Columbia and the City University of New York. He has had a clinical practice in psychotherapy in London.
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"Cassandra's daughter" reads like a story with a beginning, middle & end, & not at all like a dry, boring history. From the beginnings of psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud, to today's struggles & questions, Schwartz makes a good case of why psychoanalysis is important & interesting. He talks about what its contributions have been so far, & what kind of contributions it can make from now on. Sure, certain "schools" of psychoanalysis are given less space than others in the book. And it's also true that Schwartz has strong opinions & expresses them clearly, showing his own preferances, & using arguments to support his views: but I don't find this negative--on the contrary, it's refreshing to read a history written from a particular point of view. After all, histories are always written from a particular point of view, even when there's a big struggle towards a so-called "objectivity": Schwartz has no such illusions, & writes making his own voice very clear. It's much more 'fresh' & original this way, since it's one thing to simply & dryly describe the facts--& another thing to try to explain the facts, giving meaning to the story & the events.