To remedy the dysfunctional sexual life of millennials, the abysmally low college graduation rate of minority men, and other perceived ills, whole universities have been transformed into controlled therapeutic environments, subjecting every aspect of life to inquisitorial control. Political correctness is a generalization of Freudian theory; it presumes that the waking consciousness of women as well as ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities consists of a minefield of traumatic memories.
Public policy must prevent the triggering of these minds.
Public institutions, starting with universities, must be converted into the functional equivalent of psychiatric hospitals and all communications censored to minimize trauma. It is an exemplary piece of polemical composition. Freud knew that his claims of healing power for psychoanalysis lacked any basis in fact. From time to time he even intimated, amid many claims to the contrary, that patients ought not to expect good results.
We endeavor rather to enable the patient to obtain a conscious grasp of his unconscious wishes. I am much too occupied with theoretical problems all the time. But this was faith healing, not psychoanalysis.
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They sometimes did a great deal of harm. The final chapter of Studies on Hysteria , Crews reports, declared that. I shall not finish a single one this year either; and as for the next one, I shall be completely without patient material. He abandoned the molestation theory of neurosis, which required the identification of specific sexual acts perpetrated upon the patient during childhood, to a general theory of sexuality that framed all human relationships in terms of libido.
The Oedipus complex was the cornerstone of this new theory. Crews so badly wants to expose both the revised theory and its enshrinement in the Freudian narrative that he gives scant attention to an important question: at what point did Freud transform himself from an obscure, impecunious clinician into psychiatrist-to-the-world? If psychological distress had sexual causes, sex must be the cure. After marrying Martha Bernays, he took her younger sister Minna as a live-in concubine. He sustained the deception because a coterie of apostles in the psychoanalytic movement, including his official biographer, Ernest Jones, conspired to airbrush his record, eliminating lies, inconsistencies, and betrayals.
The second is the classical ideal of beauty. Against this Nietzsche offered the story of King Midas, who was told that the demigod Silenus possessed the ultimate secret of wisdom. Midas trapped Silenus and demanded to know the secret. The demigod replied,. Oh, wretched race of a day, children of chance and misery, why do ye compel me to say to you what it were most expedient for you not to hear? What is best of all is for ever beyond your reach: not to be born, not to be , to be nothing.
The second best for you, however, is soon to die. Classical beauty was a palliative that mankind invented to distract attention from its horror in the face of nothingness. Crews knows that Freud immersed himself in Faust , but he does not appear to have read the work himself. His summary is top-to-bottom wrong:. The figure of Dr.
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