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Entries from September 2012

Review of Joseph Schacter, “Transforming Lives”

September 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment

In Transforming Lives [1] the psychoanalyst Joseph Schachter collects case reports of seven analyses of clients by psychoanalysts and, for four of them, client replies. Notably, the case reports are not identified by author. Schachter avers this is to protect confidentiality, however, it lends a pleasant frisson to the text. This is not so much […]

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Freud’s Case of Little Hans versus Watson’s Case of Little Albert – Who’s Right?

September 14th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Freud’s interpretation of his Little Hans case is stimulating; if nothing else, it’s an interesting work of literature.  I wonder, though, if it’s possible to come up with a simpler interpretation of the evidence.  As a general principle, simpler interpretations are preferable to more complex ones (cf. “Occam’s Razor”).  What if instead of Freud’s complex psychoanalytic superstructure, […]

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Does Freud Attribute Too Much to the Power of Dreams?

September 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

One of the hallmarks of Freud’s approach is his reliance on two mysterious realms: dreaming and the unconscious.  For Freud these were linked together; the former was a mode of access to the latter.  Although (to the best of my knowledge) Freud doesn’t put it this way, the reason why he set the problem up like […]

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