Three Instances of Injustice

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An important new work by Eissler, Three Instances of Injustice develops a psychoanalytic point of view about the phenomenon of gossip, provides a careful disproof of one of the ugliest charges laid against Freud, and presents a thoughtful exploration of a major scandal. The book is thus a contribution to a small body of literature in which a psychoanalyst steps outside his field to comment on matters of contemporary social and political concern. The injustices in question are those of ordinary life and do not depend for their identification on an abstruse moral theory: if the facts are as Dr. Eissler lays them out, hardly anyone will disagree that the essays concern genuine and severe forms of injustice. At least two of the essays deal with events that became causes celebres in their time, and it can fairly be stated that all three concern issues of quite general interest. In his discussion of the case of Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, who was incarcerated for more than two years for contempt of court in the course of a dispute over custody of her daughter, Eissler may be the only commentator who takes into consideration not only the contending parties' claims and certain of the technical issues surrounding the diagnosis of sexual abuse of young children but also the relationship of the case to much broader issues, including those brought forward by the women's movement and recent Supreme Court positions on abortion and the death penalty. Eissler has previously examined C. G. Jung's charge that Freud was embroiled in marital infidelity at the time of Jung's first visit to Vienna, but the text has not been available to an English-speaking audience. In the present study Eissler refines and extends his earlier analysis. The essay establishes the extreme improbability of Jung's proposition through a painstaking appraisal of the available evidence, while at the same time demonstrating the relationship of Jung's slander to his personality and psychological conflicts. The thir
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They are incarceration of Dr. Elizabeth Morgan for contempt of court during a child custody dispute in the 1980s; C.G. Jung's charge that Freud was cheating on his wife; and recent criticism of Eissler himself. Psychoanalyst Eissler uses the three cases to construct a theory about the phenomenon of gossip and how it affects the relationship between the person gossiped about and the community. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823665303
  • Publisher: International Universities Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 265

Table of Contents

Dr. Elizabeth Morgan's Contempt of Court or, Justified Suspicion and Conclusive Evidence of Sexual Abuse of Children 1
Excursus on the Supreme Court, Abortion and the Death Penalty 50
C. G. Jung, a Witness or, the Unreliability of Memories 107
The Maligned Therapist or, an Unsolved Problem of Psychoanalytic Technique 185
Epilogue 249
Acknowledgments 255
Name Index 257
Subject Index 261
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