“The idea gains ground that the doctrine and theory of psychoanalysis has been the greatest intellectual confidence trick of the 20th century”– P.B.Medawar, Nobel Prize in medicine.
Everyone agrees that Sigmund Freud has had a profound impact on Western society and intellectual life. However people are mostly unaware of his theory and, moreover, of the true dimetion of this impact. In fact, the Freudian theory has takend the role of a modern religion in the 20th century.
Interestingly, a century after its invention, psychoanalysis is being challenged on scientific grounds, and criticised with regard to its clinical efficacy. All scientific research conducted with any degree of rigour has shown Freudian theory to be fraudulent. Freud was opposed to the statistical comparison of groups pf patients which is basic to credibility in modern medicine.
What is Freudian theory about?
According to Freud, children begin to enjoy sexual pleasures in early ages. The first stage of childhood sexuality is oral, during which pleasures come from the mouth. Nursing at the mother`s breast is said to intruduce sexual pleasure. The fatuity of such statements is breathtaking!
After the oral stage, the child is described as passing through the anal stage and, at the age of 4 years, reaching the Oesipal phase. The young boy allegedly “falls in love” with his mother, and wants to sleep with her. Her therefore views his father as a rival and an enemy who would like to castrate him.
Freud constantly denigrated the role of the mother. As the height of absurdity, he believed that a woman`s desire to have a child was a way to compensating for her lack of a penis! This claim was developed and amplified by many adherents of Freud`s theory.
The impact of the theory on the Western Society
Watson in the USA went so far as to write, in 1928, that maternal love was most dangerous, and could have irreversible consequences on children. His book Psychological Care of Infant and Child enjoyed great success, with sales of over 100.000 and greatly influenced generations on American mothers.
An analysis of 125 papers published in psychiatric journals between 1970 and 1982, reported that mothers were held responsible for 72 types of psychological disorders in their children. Unlike the father, the mother was not considered to be emotionally healthy, and no mother/child relationship was considered normal.
The first consequence of this dinigrating attitude towards mothrehood was to make mothers feel quilty, leaving them with little confidence in themselves, or in the natural and traditional ways of education their children. The resulting undisciplined youngsters, on reaching puberty, had, therefore, ample opportunity to make their parents feel even more guilty by blaming them for all their problems. The appalling state of family life and education today is doubtless Freud`s greates “gift” to our society.
Extracts taken from the book by Gwenael Verez “the search for the Divine Mother” (a well rsearched and written book with all sources and refferences).
P.S: I just heard from a (western) friend of mine who lives and works in India, that the Freudian theory is on the rise in there…
To be continued here.