Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind

Paperback | November 3, 2009

byPeter D. Kramer

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Part of the acclaimed Eminent Lives series, Freud is a concise and seductive biography of the father of psychiatry. Dr. Peter D. Kramer, the author of Listening to Prozac and Against Depression offers a critical and sympathetic portrait, recognizing what is archaic in Freud’s work and also what endures, interpreting him as not only a pioneer, but as a writer whose work will survive among the classics of literature.

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Part of the acclaimed Eminent Lives series, Freud is a concise and seductive biography of the father of psychiatry. Dr. Peter D. Kramer, the author of Listening to Prozac and Against Depression offers a critical and sympathetic portrait, recognizing what is archaic in Freud’s work and also what endures, interpreting him as not only a p...

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Referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis," Sigmund Freud is credited with championing the "talking cure" and charting the human unconscious. Both revered and reviled, he was a brilliant innovator but also a man of troubling contradictions—sometimes tyrannical, often misrepresenting the course and outcome of his treatments to make t...

Peter D. Kramer, M.D., "possibly the best-known psychiatrist in America" (New York Times), is the bestselling author ofListening to Prozac,Should You Leave?,Spectacular Happiness,Moments of Engagement, andAgainst Depression. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is a professor at Brown University and maintains a private practi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:November 3, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it! Everyone has an opinion on Sigmund Freud. Some admire him and have elevated him to an almost saintly order. Others despise him and his rather absurd, falsifying theories. Although, Dr. Kramer is an admirer of Freud, he does a phenomenal job of painting a true portrait of his subject. Dr. Kramer is himself a psychologist; hence, one can be sure that he is very well informed. He aptly portrays Freud as a charlatan who used to misconstrue the facts in order to fit them to his own theories (it must be stated that he continued to do so even in his later years). Yet, this was a man who mesmerized the world and broke all the boundaries of his age. He “invented the modern mind” and his theories are still being taught in scientific circles. But this book is also about the man himself: we learn about Freud’s youth, his likes and dislikes, his egotistical nature, his petulance etc. A patient of Freud once asked him, “Are you a savant or a charlatan?” After reading this phenomenal book, I still do not know as to what to make of this man! He ruined the lives of so many people for his experiments; he ignored his own duties as a neutral psychologist and constantly interfered in his patients’ lives; he was a shockingly cold-hearted and selfish. Yet, without him the world of psychology would have been indeed very dull. He was the last of the true old-fashioned man of enlightenment. The study of mind is no longer esoteric; anyone and everyone can study it because of Freud. He brought the proscribed subjects, such as sexuality and its nature, in public arena. Whether once agrees with his theories or not, one cannot help but admire Freud. Everyone must read this succinct, 212 pages of a book. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-01