A journey into the dangers of orthodoxy from the former director of the Freud Archives

Authored by: Jeffrey M. Masson

Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138225473
eBook ISBN: 9781315399584
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315399584.ch29

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Abstract

This is a personal story, a glimpse into one of the key episodes in the history (or post-history) of psychoanalysis, and a cautionary tale. What happened to me when I found certain documents in Freud’s desk in his London house has resonance far beyond my own case. That is why I am telling it here. For those of you interested in a more radical (not to say eliminationist) approach to therapy, it may prove useful, remind you of similar events, even in your own life, or simply instruct you more about the history of a central idea in psychoanalysis.

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