Freud on a Precipice: How Freud's Fate Pushed Psychoanalysis by Robert Langs

By Robert Langs

This ebook is a psychoanalytic detective tale that takes the reader again to the overdue 1890's and to the widely unappreciated, but unmarried most vital, turning aspect within the heritage of psychoanalysis. The context is the dying of Freud's father and the choice Freud made to desert his first, reality-centered concept of the brain in want of a thought eager about internal fantasies and wishes. Marshalling a wide physique of proof, Langs perspectives this alteration of middle as a regressive paradigm shift pushed by means of unconsciously influential archetypes that have been, in flip, associated with a chain of early-life traumas in Freud's existence, very likely 8 in all, a number of of them previous Freud's beginning and all yet one outdoors of Freud's wide awake wisdom. The ramifications of those incidents positioned Freud on a later-day precipice from which his fall into equivalents of murder and suicide have been in danger; Freud shifted concentration to avoid wasting his lifestyles! Langs' detective paintings brings him to new insights into such issues because the mental archetypes that impact the production and transformations of paradigms, actual and psychological; a brand new, utilitarian view of the layout of the emotion-processing brain; acceptance of the advanced subconscious effect of fact and of death-related traumas at the human psyche and emotionally-charged offerings; the significant superiority of Freud's first paradigm over his moment thought of the brain; and the subconscious purposes, regardless of its many flaws, that Freud's moment paradigm continues to be in choose to this very day. Freud kept his existence by means of moving direction, yet whilst he created a thought that needs to be held partially chargeable for the compromised varieties of dynamic remedy and huge mental damage that has in its wake. utilizing an up-to-date model of Freud's first paradigm, Langs exhibits us a greater method to stay and paintings, as a psychotherapist or the other occupation.

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He felt at sea for a while, but eventually gained what he A Tale of Two Paradigms 35 experienced as clarity with a new formulation—his patients were describing their fantasies to him rather than actual traumas. Inner mental, biologically driven wishes had taken center stage in the story of emotional ills. There are two primary markers of Freud’s change of heart. The first seems to have developed quite unconsciously, while the second entailed the conscious articulation of the change—essentially his announcement that he no longer believed in the reality of the traumas his patients reported to him; he became convinced that they were coming from his patients’ imaginations.

The religious paradigm is, of course, incompatible with atheism, so once more a choice must be made between these two positions. There is, however, a contrast to be made between theories pertaining to the location of the center of the universe and those that deal with the existence of God. The former issue is subject to resolution through measurement, the generation of quantitative data, and prediction, while the latter is not. There is no quantitative measure that could resolve the question of the validity of the God proposition—belief or non-belief are matters of faith rather than measurement.

On both counts, then, the church supported first paradigms that spoke for human immortality and thus the denial of death, and it opposed second paradigms that failed to support the existence of God and thus, the belief in Paradigms and Archetypes 19 ever-lasting human existence. Humankind in general was in agreement with the thinking of the Catholic church on these matters. This appears then to be an archetypal response: A preference for paradigms that support the denial of death and the rejection of those paradigms that do not do so.

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