Cassandra's Daughter: A History of Psychoanalysis by Joseph Schwartz

By Joseph Schwartz

Psychoanalysis is arguably an important highbrow improvement of the 20 th century; phrases like repressed, neurotic, ego, and paranoid at the moment are a part of our daily vernacular. In Cassandra's Daughter, Joseph Schwartz offers the heritage of psychoanalysis from its origins within the nineteenth-century to the current day. Schwartz explains the pre-Freudian ways to psychological disease, Freud's personal theories, and the controversies provoked via Freudian concept within the analytic group. He then makes a speciality of Freud's colleagues, competitors, successors, and detractors together with Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Harry Stack Sullivan, Melanie Klein, and Erich Fromm. Schwartz contextualizes rival colleges and interpretations in addition to probing the connection among psychoanalysis, physics, and biology, whereas debunking the feedback that psychoanalysis isn't really a valid technology.

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Jones, w h o k n e w h i m very w e l l , was u n a m b i g u o u s in his report o f Freud's perception o f his o w n limitations (Jones, 1953): ' O n e thing about himself he was always sure: that he h a d a p o o r intellectual capacity. g. i n mathematics or physics, he knew he s h o u l d never be able to understand where so m a n y others c o u l d . ' A s a s c h o o l b o y F r e u d h a d been attracted to D a r w i n ' s theory o f e v o l u t i o n , a p o w e r f u l theory that brought all o f biology together in one great narrative strand.

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They lose their national traits just as little as Germans lose theirs when they are scattered among another nation as in America. One must therefore neither expect nor wish the Jews ever to become German nationals, to expect that they would be capable of feeling the national struggle as Germans themselves feel it. They are lacking above all, that on which our German feelings, more than we might like to admit, are based, namely the entire medieval romantic, (p. 153) In an open letter, the liberal jurist F e r d i n a n d H o r n (1876) w a r n e d of the dangers o f declaring the Jews to be permanent potential traitors to the G e r m a n people: Completely ignored in your views - I repeat - especially cruel - is that you have undertaken to suddenly declare many hundred thousands of your fellow citizens stateless, that in the name of German science, of the spirit of liberating German science you undertake to renew the ancient curse that an unlucky people has suffered for a thousand years.

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