The Last Psychoanalyst 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Paperback : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1499745532
- ISBN-13 : 978-1499745535
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.61 x 9 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (June 1, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,479,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But the author's thesis is not just about false prestige, the waste of time and money and even the damage to patient's lives: It is about the impact of Freud's ideas on our society. Ideas that most psychological disorders have their roots in psychological conflicts due to childhood trauma and so character does not count. That it is harmful to contain emotions like anger and desire are common currency. These ideas are thought to be scientific, and they are not. And they have many harmful consequences in the behavior that we accept in ourselves and others.
It deserves to be widely read.
Schneiderman's most compelling portrayal is that of psychoanalysis as a religion, where the content of one's character is sacrificed to the divinity of fleeting emotion. Freud's approach was self-serving, a "heads I win, tails you lose" approach. Any previous self-concept or moral notion was scrambled into some kind of denial - a scheme many (if not most) cult followers pursue. It strips human nature of any value, and - when paired with ideological manifestations of Nietzsche and Darwin - delivers the holy trinity of postmodern materialist meaninglessness.
Freud clearly used his patients as pawns, hijacking their memories to manifest his own curiosities and delights, twisting another's experience into metanarratives that would form new psychological "truths." Schneiderman offers a powerful indictment of psychoanalysis as a fraud that debases all understanding that went before it - for both patient and practitioner.
The author's range of understanding includes Aristotle and Aquinas, and is strikingly sophisticated in addressing the issue of order, and how it is tied to true satisfaction. Freudianism devalues that inheritance. Are human beings magnificent when striving to be all we were created for, or when we have rationalized our most base, insatiable desires?
Schneiderman does not insult nor patronize his reader, but assumes equal understanding of foundational Western ideas. He takes on Heidegger and Marx as well, refusing to let them off the hook for the consequences of their ideas. We have come to absolve intellectuals from the practical impact of their artistic license, as though ideas are mystical things that dwell in the ether. Schneiderman shows they are not, rescuing humanity's freedom to make altruistic choices from modernity's vicious cynicism.
The author, himself trained as a psychoanalyst under Jacques Lacan, has shown rare integrity and deep courage in stepping away from his education and questioning its premises. It is a delightful read, with a mischievous air of humor, as Schneiderman shows he can laugh at Freud, while systematically dismantling the supposed invincibility of his ideas. Bravo!
I give the book five stars.
Top reviews from other countries
Schneiderman montre comment Freud a cru faire de la science, mais a produit une pseudoscience, qui a ensuite dérivé en un culte ressemblant à une religion. Les gens qui ne croient plus en Dieu peuvent croire en Freud. La cure leur permet une expérience religieuse.
Un seul regret à la lecture de ce livre : les citations — généralement bien choisies— ne mentionnent pas la source avec précision (raison pour laquelle je mets 4/5 et non 5/5). L’ouvrage, il est vrai, se veut un témoignage plutôt qu’une publication universitaire.