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Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision
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  • Paperback
  • Mar.01.2000
  • 9780471078586

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Psychoanalysis ia a clumsy tool, not the scalpel Freud envisioned. In this masterly biography and cultural history, psychologist and psychoanalyst Breger (emeritus, California Inst. of Technology) explains why. Previous Freud biographers Ernest Jones, Paul Roazen, Ronald Clark, and Peter Gay lack his combined clinical acumen and objectivity. Breger interprets carefully, guiding the reader through an oft-told story that has never been made so human. "Sigi," though his mother's favorite, was emotionally starved as a youngster and could not deal with this pain in his creatively evasive self-analysis. His professional frustrations were not caused by Viennese conservatism but by his own way of thinking, working, and treating people. Breger movingly portrays the Great War, Freud's initial enthusiasm for it, his inability to grasp the nature of real trauma, and the...
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Psychoanalysis ia a clumsy tool, not the scalpel Freud envisioned. In this masterly biography and cultural history, psychologist and psychoanalyst Breger (emeritus, California Inst. of Technology) explains why. Previous Freud biographers Ernest Jones, Paul Roazen, Ronald Clark, and Peter Gay lack his combined clinical acumen and objectivity. Breger interprets carefully, guiding the reader through an oft-told story that has never been made so human. "Sigi," though his mother's favorite, was emotionally starved as a youngster and could not deal with this pain in his creatively evasive self-analysis. His professional frustrations were not caused by Viennese conservatism but by his own way of thinking, working, and treating people. Breger movingly portrays the Great War, Freud's initial enthusiasm for it, his inability to grasp the nature of real trauma, and the resulting death instinct theory. Essential for all public and academic libraries, this landmark work conveys a new sense of one of the great, flawed men and movements of the last century.

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About Louis

Born and raised in Los Angeles, undergraduate work at Cornell and UCLA.  Received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1961.  Taught at the University of Oregon, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Francisco Medical School.  Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies...

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Published Reviews

Jun.27.2012

Lou’s book – most of his patients addressed him as Lou – is uniquely filled with his patients’ reactions to their treatment. A distinguished psychoanalyst, he aims this book at all those people considering...

Jun.27.2012

"Psychotherapy Lives Intersecting" by Louis Breger is a thoughtful, well- documented, readable and informative book. The Author's informal jargon-free style and his personal reflections contribute to the...