Freud Evaluated: The Completed Arc

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MIT Press, 1997 - Medical - 762 pages
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foreword by Frederick Crews
"Although there may be a veritable torrent of books on Freud, there are few that can compare with this one in its historical breadth and detail and the comprehensiveness of its critique of Freudian theory . . . an important achievement. . . indispensable for any serious student of psychoanalytic theory."
-- Morris N. Eagle, "Contemporary Psychology"

"Macmillan's monumental book represents the culmination of two decades of research into the origins and validity of Freud's psychoanalytic ideas. In the course of a penetrating critique of Freud's methods and findings, Macmillan demonstrates convincingly just where Freud went wrong. "Freud Evaluated" provides a brilliant, rich, and indispensable contribution to the scientific appraisal of pscyhoanalysis."
-- Frank Sulloway, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT Psychoanalysis: science or belief system? Since its initial publication this critique of Freud's methods for gathering and evaluating evidence has become a classic in Freud scholarship. Malcolm Macmillan's exhaustive analysis of Freud's personality theory describes the logical and other assumptions on which Freud's work was based and shows how these assumptions interacted with his clinical observations to produce all-embracing but faulty methods for gathering and evaluating evidence.

  

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Contents

Anna O and the Origins of Freuds Personality Theory
3
Charcot Hypnosis and Determinism
25
Freud Determinism and Hysteria
49
Freuds Adaptation of Breuers Treatment Method
69
Causes and the Actual Neuroses
117
Mechanisms of Symptom Formation
141
A Theory of the Neuroses
163
Expectations Actual Neuroses and Childhood Seduction
197
The Ego and the EgoInstinctual Drive
333
The Instinct Theory Finalized
375
The Structures of the Mind
439
Psychoanalysis as Theory and Therapy
521
Psychoanalysis as a Method
563
Psychoanalysis as Science
591
Afterword
629
References
669

Dreams and Symptoms
231
A Theory of Sexuality
283

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About the author (1997)

Malcolm Macmillan is Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology at Deakin University,Australia.

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