Freudian Fraud: The Malignant Effect of Freud's Theory on American Thought and Culture

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There may not be any more Freudians, but there seems no end to those who, like psychiatrist Torrey, would blame Freud and his theories for everything that is wrong with modernity, particularly in America. In its own malevolent way, quite interesting and thoroughly readable. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929636006
  • Publisher: Lucas Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999

Table of Contents

1 Sigmund Freud, Sexual Freedom, and Social Reform 1
Freudian Theory 3
Fame, Occultism, and Cocaine 7
Sexual Freedom 13
Social Reform 18
Freudianism in New York 22
The Rise of Sex, the Fall of Freud 34
2 Race, Immigration, and the Nature-Nurture Debate 39
Franz Boas versus the Anglo Elite 40
"Lo, the Poor Nordic!" 47
The Freudianization of Nature and Nurture 55
3 The Sexual Politics of Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead 60
Margaret Mead 64
Benedict and Mead Take Up the Fight 69
Freudian Theory with a Grass Skirt 75
4 Hitler's Resolution of the Nature-Nurture Debate 84
Nazi Eugenics 88
The Marriage of Freud and Marx 91
The Final Solution 100
5 Postwar Propagation of the Freudian Faith 104
The Divorce of Freud and Marx 107
The Rise and Fall of "Diaperology" 111
The Media Discovers the New Freud 117
Star of Stage, Screen, and Radio 121
6 Freud in the Nurseries 128
John Watson and His Periscope 130
Benjamin Spock: The Perils of the Potty Chair 132
Baby and Child Care 135
Was Spock Permissive? 139
Freud in the Classroom 143
7 Freud in Jails and Prisons 147
Healy, Glueck, and White 148
The Leopold and Loeb Murder Case: The Treachery of a Teddy Bear 152
Karl Menninger 157
From William Healy to Richard Herrin and Willie Horton 164
8 Philosopher Queen and Psychiatrist Kings: The Freudianization of America 173
Margaret Mead, Ex Cathedra 175
Marcuse, Goodman, and Brown 178
The American Intellectual Elite 184
Freud and the Democratic Party 188
Mental Health in the Great Society 192
Freud in the Universities 196
Freud in the Publishing Industry 199
Freud in the Film Industry 201
Freud Goes to Esalen 203
McFreud in America 207
9 The Scientific Basis of Freudian Theory 214
Direct Tests of the Freudian Theory 215
Indirect Tests of the Freudian Theory 221
Evidence for Genetic Determinants of Personality 224
Evidence for Non-Genetic Determinants of Personality 227
The Nature-Nurture Question Revisited 231
Freudian Theory and Phrenology 236
10 An Audit of Freud's American Account 240
The Ironies of Freudian America 240
Freud's Credits: The Unconscious, Humanism, and Psychotherapy 245
Freud's Debits: Narcissism, Irresponsibility, Denigration of Women, and Misallocated Resources 247
Freudian Theory as Religion 254
Appendix A: An Analysis of Freudian Influence on America's Intellectual Elite 259
Appendix B: Is Toilet Training Related to "Anal" Personality Traits? A Summary of 26 Research Studies 265
Notes 279
Index 353
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