This is the continuation of the post “Freudian Theory and Its Crime Against Motherhood”.
“After all, much of his theory is derived from his attempt to psychoanalyse himself and cure his own neurosis. Freud himself, so it has been said, is the only man who have been able to impress his own neurosis on the world and remould humanity in this own image” – says H.J. Eysenck in his brilliant book “Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire.”
In this book Eysenck’s critique is truly devastating for a modern reader to encounter, and one can only wonder why Freud’s ideas have had such an impact on the popular imagination. Eysenck’s lucidly expressed explanation is that the answer lies in the ancient human desire to get something for nothing. Freudian methods can obtain theories without having to laboriously obtain reliable facts. Non-scientific thinkers, including literary authors, new agers, pseudo-psychologists, social workers and pedagogues, whose hunger for explanations exceeds their common sense, mistake idle speculation for “insight,” and lamentably fall all too easily for humbug.
So who was this genious who managed to create a new religion of the 20th century?
Freud was far from an integrated person, and he was never the apostle of the scientific ideas which his biographers have tried to depict. The was an unbalanced neurotic, who took cocaine for much of his life. He falsified facts in order to have his theory accepted. He was dictatorial. He hated women. He admitted that his incestuous desires for his mother, from his earlier years, had led him to imagine the Oedipus complex.
It is not only that his sexual theory is breathtakingly absurd, but also his other theories like as free association and interpretation of dreams which are basic to psychotherapy were not his discoveries! More significantly, it is claimed that he was the originator of the concept of Unconscioussness – which is far from the truth. Free association was used by Galton long before Freud. The psychoanalytical interpretation of dreams began long before Freud. As early as 1861, the German psychiatrist W. Griesinger described dreams a imaginary responses to desires. In his work “The Unconsciouss before Freud” White listed more than 100 (!) predecessors who postulated its existence. Freud regularly appropriated the discoveries of others for himself and he had a personality that made it too easy to him to propagate them.
Freud`s writings refer to only eight (!) cases, of which only six were anylisyd by Freud in person. That really is a poor foundation for a complex theory. Freud`d approach was dogmatic. He refused to apply any sort of validation process to his studies and speculations. In his memories, K.G. Jung recalls a discussion he had with Freud: ” My dear Jung, promise me never to abandon the sexual theory. That is the most essential thing of all. You see, we must make a dogma out of it, an unshakeable bulwark”. The dogma not only masks a doubt, it also expresses a desire for power. Religion was always just below the surface of Freud`d thought. He identified himself with Moses, and went as far as to create his own myth in Totem and Taboos.
But if there was no substance behind, how was Freud a Success?
-The 20th Century is characterised by sexual liberation following two millenia of religious taboos,and half a century of extreem puritanism.
-The works of Freud were publicly burned in Berlin by the Nazis. As since ” my enemy`s enemy is my friend”, Freud appears as a victim of oppression who should be defended by anyone who considers himself a democrat.
–Propaganda was well orchestrated by Freud himself and his disciples. It took years to show that what had never been proved was, in fact, false.
-Freud`s theory was a new ideology which attracted thousands of people who, not realising it was false, threw themselves into it hear and soul. Generations of psychoanalysts have been trained. It is a profitable business.
-Freudian dogma is easy to master because it reduces every explanation to sex.It is therefore accessible almost for anyone, unlike Jungian analysis, which is complex and all-embracing, and, consequently, less popular.
–Adhesion to an ideology does not depend on objective criteria.In involves a process of indetification witha master of movement. The more innovative the ideology, and the more it contrasts with the existing order, the more the individual will stand out as different and feel enhanced by his new identity.
–The Church, the only institution in the West representing the Sacred, had degenerated so far, and had found itself so often compromised in the shadowy zones of history that it no longer had the spiritual authority to contest the new doctrine. Moreover, the Freudian ideology has in fact filled the void left by the fall of Christianity.
-And, finally, Freud appeals to the basest instincts and the shadowy regions of the mind. He draws downwards. And it is so much easier to descent that ascent.
To sup it up, Freudian ideology has had a disastrous impact on western consciousness, causing a metaphysical, moral and social regression whose bitter harvest is still being reaped. Moreover, Freud`d theory was the final act of the vast drama of misogyny which, over the past few thousand years, has tarnished the image of motherhood, and of women, in human awareness.
Extracts taken from the book by Gwenael Verez “the search for the Divine Mother” (a well researched book with all sources and refferences).