“From Publishers Weekly
Crews mounts a slashing critique of Sigmund Freud's mistaken diagnoses, sexist hectoring of patients, exaggeration of results, equivocation and attempts to cover up therapeutic disasters. According to this distinguished critic and professor emeritus (UC Berkeley), Freud ascribed to some patients repressed oedipal sexual desires after he had unsuccessfully goaded them to remember childhood incest or molestation. Furthermore, Crews maintains, Freud in 1905 retroactively changed the alleged seducers of infants to fathers, whereas in his reports of the previous decade, they were said to have been siblings, strangers, teachers, governesses. Freud's brainchild, psychoanalysis, was and remains a pseudoscience, in Crews's estimate. Its offspring, he asserts, is today's recovered-memory movement, which he believes is deluding countless patients, mostly women, into leveling false charges of sexual abuse based on supposedly recovered memories that, in Crews's opinion, are often manufactured through overzealous or incompetent therapists' suggestions."
“From Publishers Weekly
"The S.S. men are being transformed into a caste of knights ruling sixty million natives. [T]here is no more ideal form of government than a decent form of oligarchy," wrote Carl Jung of the German Nazis in the mid-1930s. One of the many strengths of this candid and discerning biography is that Hayman (Nietzsche: A Critical Life) enlists such provocative, alarming material to build a careful, nuanced portrait of his subject that neither excuses nor excoriates his actions and words. After studying psychiatry in Paris at the turn of the century (while also investigating the supernatural via s‚ances), Jung became an ardent admirer of Freud, with whom he agreed on many things (though Freud's emphasis on sexuality was a notable exception). Meanwhile, Jung pursued his own theories of the unconscious, using myth and archetype as models. His break with Freud before WWI was a defining moment in the development of his theory and his career. Without losing sight of Jung's total oeuvre, Hayman examines the enormous advantages Jung gained by maintaining ambiguous views of National Socialist policies. Indeed, Hayman shows how Hitler's attack on Jews gave Jung a chance to promote his own psychological theories (e.g., the defamation of Freud and other Jewish psychoanalysts led to the possibility for the ascendance of Jung's analytical psychology). Placing Jung's anti-Semitism in a broad cultural and professional context as well as exploring his other influences, including his complicated relationships with patients and disciples Hayman has produced a vital and moving portrait of the man and his time. While not detailed enough for scholars, this is a fine work for the general reader.”
The man who boldly proclaimed a new understanding of how the collective unconscious preserves humanity's archetypal memories, Jung shrank from the truth about his own convoluted psyche. Long hidden behind a shield of falsification and self-apotheosis, that deeply disturbing truth has at last yielded to Hayman's painstaking scholarship. From Jung's lonely boyhood of secretive rituals to his old age of grandiose delusions, Hayman limns the pioneering psychologist's solitary and erratic life. Deep in an intellect of rare capacity, Jung's private ambitions bubbled over with perilous desires. To illuminate the darker impulses in Jung's life, Hayman ferrets out the childhood beginnings of schizophrenic tendencies, chronicles his descent into near insanity, documents his flirtation with fascism, and details his abusive treatment of women. And although only specialists will comprehend the technical issues at stake, Hayman fully captures the human drama in Jung's rupture with his acclaimed mentor, Freud. Deflating a self-anointed god, Hayman gives us--once again--the ineluctable mystery of man.”
I’m sure you can find something similar on Kinsey.
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