Was Sigmund Freud a Sham?

Was Sigmund Freud a Sham?

A new book on psychology is out: Freud: The Making of an Illusion. As the title implies, the book asserts that Freud was a sham. That his theories were ridiculous. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Frederick Crews has assembled a great volume of evidence that reveals a surprising new Freud: a man who blundered tragicomically in his dealings with patients, who in fact never cured anyone, who promoted cocaine as a miracle drug capable of curing a wide range of diseases, and who advanced his career through falsifying case histories and betraying the mentors who had helped him to rise.

The Major agrees…

When practically applied, Freud leads to confusion: i.e. self-doubt, skepticism toward’s one’s parents, and a questioning of your sexual desires. Subsequently, the great man becomes a half-man. He’s taught to replace confidence with a befuddled state. In many ways, he becomes a wandering Woody Allen…a pathetic schlep, lost in a cosmopolitan city.

Western civilization was built on a warrior class. The brave soldiers of ancient Greece and Rome that believed in the greatness of their society and were willing to fight to defend it. What would have happened if they were riddled with Freudian self-doubt? They surely would have been overrun by barbarian tribes. The great works of antiquity might never have been known.

Western civilization was built on the self-confident warrior …not the self-doubting disciples of Freud.

Perhaps that was the point all along…have the educational system anoint Freud as a demigod. Afterwards, the Western man will be psychologically weak and subsequently, more easily conquered.

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