Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis

Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis

by Eli Zaretsky
     
 

The fledgling science of psychoanalysis permanently altered the nineteenth-century worldview with its remarkable new insights into human behavior and motivation. It quickly became a benchmark for modernity in the twentieth century—though its durability in the twenty-first may now be in doubt.

More than a hundred years after the publication of Freud’s

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The fledgling science of psychoanalysis permanently altered the nineteenth-century worldview with its remarkable new insights into human behavior and motivation. It quickly became a benchmark for modernity in the twentieth century—though its durability in the twenty-first may now be in doubt.

More than a hundred years after the publication of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, we’re no longer in thrall, says cultural historian Eli Zaretsky, to the “romance” of psychotherapy and the authority of the analyst. Only now do we have enough perspective to assess the successes and shortcomings of psychoanalysis, from its late-Victorian Era beginnings to today’s age of psychopharmacology. In Secrets of the Soul, Zaretsky charts the divergent schools in the psychoanalytic community and how they evolved–sometimes under pressure–from sexism to feminism, from homophobia to acceptance of diversity, from social control to personal emancipation. From Freud to Zoloft, Zaretsky tells the story of what may be the most intimate science of all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400079230
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/09/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction : the ambiguous legacy of psychanalysis3
Pt. 1Charismatic origins : the crumbling of the Victorian family system
Ch. 1The personal unconscious15
Ch. 2Gender, sexuality, and personal life41
Ch. 3Absorption and marginality64
Ch. 4From paternal authority to narcissism91
Pt. 2Fordism, Freudianism, and the threefold promise of modernity
Ch. 5The Great War and the Bolshevik revolution117
Ch. 6Fordism, Freudianism, and modernity138
Ch. 7Autonomy and resistance163
Ch. 8The turn toward the mother193
Ch. 9Fascism and the destruction of classical European analysis217
Pt. 3From the psychology of authority to the politics of identity
Ch. 10The mother-infant relationship and the post-war welfare state249
Ch. 11Charisma or rationalization? : U. S. psychoanalysis in the epoch of the Cold War276
Ch. 12The 1960s, post-Fordism, and the culture of narcissism307
Epilogue : psychoanalysis in our time332
Notes345
Index415

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