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. (more…)