Unformatted text preview: ents of their patients; if a woman tells all sorts of tales of her husband's attitude
toward her, or of the attitude of her parents, it is taken for granted that she tells the truth. My belief is that had
the statements of Freud's patients been carefully investigated he would probably never have evolved his
The Freudians have made no consecutive study of normal childhood, though they lay great stress on this
period of life and in fact trace the symptoms of their patients back to "infantile trauma." Most of Freud's ideas
on sex development can be traced to, the one four-and-a-half-years-old child he analyzed, who was as
representative of normal childhood as the little chess champion of nine years now astounding the world is
representative of the chess ability of the average child. Moreover, the basis of the technique is the free
association, an association released from inhibitions of all kinds. There isn't any such thing, as Professor
Woodworth has pointed out. All associations are conditioned by the physical condition of the patient, by his
mood, by the nature of the environment he finds himself in, by the personality of the examiner and his powers
of suggesting, his purposes and (very important) by the patient's purposes, which he cannot bid "Disappear!"
As for the results of treatment, every neurologist meets patients again and again who have been
"psychoanalyzed" without results. Moreover, psychoneurotic patients get well without treatment, as do all
other classes of the sick, and the Christian Scientist, the osteopath and the chiropractic also have records of
This is not the place to discuss in further detail the Freudian ideas (the wish, the symbol, the jargon of
transference, etc). The leading follower of Freud, Jung, has already broken away from the parent church, and
there is an amusing cry of heresy raised. Soon the eminent Austrian will have the pleasure of seeing a
half-dozen schools that have split off from his own,--followers...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
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