Freud's converts by Vicki Clifford

By Vicki Clifford

This paintings explores the connection which psychotherapy has with faith. Sigmund Freud and Carl Rogers, either founders of psychotherapies, left a legacy which isn't that of scientists whom they claimed they have been. They each one had a difficult courting with faith, and this has an enduring influence at the paintings and attitudes in their respective followers.--[back cover].

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The myths of Freud have constructed a Freud with multiple personalities. Each version of Freud, including 30 THE CONSTRUCTION OF FREUD 122 2 3 4 5 6 7222 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5222 6 7 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 922 31 his own, has had a purpose, or function which has kept Freud alive. Freud is not theoretically dead yet. If we view a myth as a component of a community’s social cohesion and a way of capturing events which have been chosen and perpetuated for reasons beyond the individual it is more empathetic than seeing myths as creations which are actively misleading.

Freud said that Brücke was the most influential man in his life. There are more, too numerous to list. But this gives us some idea of Freud’s academic foundations. With this it is all the more remarkable that he was as academically insecure, as is often noted. He was unsure of his own place in the academy and, as he himself notes, had to overcome “unrelenting resistance”, and “struggle”23, because people thought that his ideas were “unsavoury”. At times he ascribed these difficulties to his being a Jew but he is inconsistent about this.

7. 52 As note above others have also “lost” bits of Freud . Anna was very close to her father and would be intent on his being respectfully portrayed. 53 Marcus Bowman “The significance of psychoanalysis on modern thought”. htm. 50. 54 Webster (1995) Also talks of Jung as messianic, p. 370–1, 376–7. 55 Murray Cuddihy, J. (1974) The Ordeal of Civility: Freud, Marx, Levi-Strauss, and the Jewish Struggle with Modernity. New York: Basic Books. 56 Webster (1995) p. 9. Szasz (1979) is also guilty of this in The Myth of Psychotherapy.

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