FREUD Darkness in the Midst of Vision by Louis Breger

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FREUD Darkness in the Midst of Vision by Louis Breger is a 472-page hardcover published in 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  The dust jacket has light wear, nicks, and creases.  Inside, the dark cover has three pencil marks.  The pages are clean and unmarked, and the binding is sound.  The condition is very good. 

Book Summary

Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis, plunged into the dark regions of the human psyche--including his own--to reveal the truth about sexuality, neurosis, and the unconscious.  Or so the legend has it.  In this perceptive biography, Louis Breger presents a striking new portrait of one of the great figures of the twentieth century, showing how Freud systematically obscured the truth about his life to create a heroic image of himself that was a blend of fact and fantasy.

In his youth, Freud's family lived on the edge of poverty in anti-Semitic Vienna.  His mother was a demanding and controlling woman and his father a weak and failed man.  Young Sigmund escaped from all these unbearable conditions into the world of books and his imagination, where he sought solace and consolation in fantasies of the ancient world.  He was drawn to powerful conquerors--Oedipus, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Napoleon--and longed for the day when he could achieve fame and power, when he could become, in his own words, a "hero."

The boy who had lived in a fantasy world became an impressive prose stylist, capable of presenting his often controversial ideas in compelling ways.  He used his formidable skills to shape both his personal legend and the history of the psychoanalytic movement.  Out of his self-analysis and work with patients came his seminal contributions:  the unconscious, the significance of dreams, the formative influence of early emotional experience, and psychoanalysis as a form of therapy.  But he could see only so much about himself, and his blindness to the pain, fear, and helplessness of his early years led him to create a myth about his childhood--centered on the Oedipus complex--that obscured the sources of his adult anxiety, symptoms, and addictions.  From this came the overblown theories, the neglect of trauma and real-life experience, the distorted views of women, and the authoritarian form of treatment, all of which have plagued psychoanalysis since its inception.

ISBN:  0-471-31628-8