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Re: Freud and his relevance

Posted by saint james on February 17, 2000, at 19:54:22

In reply to Freud and his relevance, posted by Jeb on February 13, 2000, at 13:38:20

> Do any of you feel Freud's theory of psychoanalysis is still relevant today? We have come so far in scientifically analyzing mental disorders, but does that negate his life's work?
>
> interested for your input...
>
> Jeb

James here....

I think you need to put Freud in context. He was a neurologist by training and it is well est. that he said that most mental illness was biological in nature and being a neurologist he well knew there were no treatments so he decided to work on the psychological side. He was successful in doing what we do today, having people talk about their past and present problems with the intent of understanding how all this effects behavior.

I will fully agree that many of this concepts are wacked. There is documentation to indicate he had a gay lover. Cocaine has to be factored in ! However Freud lived in the Victorian era which
was VERY repressed sexually; everything has buttoned up and not talked about. It was a pot about to explode and Freud's main contribution was that he was the first to go there.

James


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