“…His criticism is confined exclusively to the role which sexuality, according to Freud, plays in the formation of the psychoneuroses. What he says, therefore, does not affect the wider range of Freud’s psychology, that is, the psychology of dreams, jokes, and disturbances of ordinary thinking caused by feeling-toned constellations. It affects only the psychology of sexuality, the determinants of hysterical symptoms, and the methods of psychanalysis.
In all these fields Freud has to his credit unique achievements, which can be contested only by one who has never taken the trouble to check Freud’s thought-processes experimentally. I say “achievements,” though this does not mean that I subscribe unconditionally to all Freud’s theorems.
But it is also an achievement, and often no small one, to propound ingenious problems. This achievement cannot be disputed even by Freud’s most vigorous opponents.Freud maintains that he has found the root of most psychoneuroses to be a psychoscxual trauma. Is this assertion nonsense?
It would be a work of supererogation to point out that an essential component of the psyche is sexuality, a component of whose extent and importance we can form absolutely no conception in the present unsatisfactory state of empirical psychology.
We know only that one meets sexuality everywhere. Is there any other psychic factor, any other basic drive except hunger and its derivates, that has a similar importance in human psychology?
I could not name one. It stands to reason that such a large and weighty component of the psyche must give rise to a correspondingly large number of emotional conflicts and affective disturbances, and a glance at real life teaches us nothing to the contrary. Freud’s view can therefore claim a high degree of probability at the outset, but…”
- Freud’s Theory of Hysteria: A Reply to Aschaffenburg
- The Freudian Theory of Hysteria
- The Analysis of Dreams
- A Contribution to the Psychology of Rumour
- On the Significance of Number Dreams
- Morton Prince, “The Mechanism and Interpretation of Dreams”: A Critical Review
- On the Criticism of Psychoanalysis
- Concerning Psychoanalysis
- The Theory of Psychoanalysis
- General Aspects of Psychoanalysis
- Psychoanalysis and Neurosis
- Some Crucial Points in Psychoanalysis: A Correspondence between Dr. Jung and Dr. Loy
- Prefaces to Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology
- The Significance of the Father in the Destiny of the Individual
- Introduction to Kranefeldt’s Secret Ways of the Mind
- Freud and Jung: Contrasts
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