October 17, 2013 |
"Breakfast with Lucian," Geordie Greig's juicy, eye-popping book about Lucian Freud, the notoriously priapic painter best known for raw portraits that stripped his sitters bare in every sense, doesn't pretend to be objective or comprehensive. Greig offers a fond but by no means whitewashed account of how Freud's spectacularly messy life relates to his extraordinary body of work as "the greatest realist figurative painter of the twentieth century. " A grandson of Sigmund Freud, the budding artist escaped from Nazi Germany to England with his family when he was 10, in 1933.
November 22, 2009 |
A Dream of Undying Fame How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis Louis Breger Basic Books: 148 pp., $22.95 Psychoanalysis has always been a mixed bag, Louis Breger notes. On the one hand, it has produced valuable insights into topics that were previously obscure or even off-limits. On the other, it has generated grand theories that aim to provide universal explanations of human behavior based on little evidence. Breger thinks that psychoanalysis still has something to offer but that it is plagued by an organizational culture that often sacrifices free discussion for personal loyalty.
November 27, 1987 |
A Godless Jew: Freud, Atheism, and the Making of Psychoanalysis by Peter Gay (Yale: $17.95; 208 pages) A good friend of mine who has seen several psychiatrists over the last 20 years recently told me that his first analyst was not Jewish, and from him he learned that one shouldn't waste one's money on non-Jewish psychiatrists. All the rest of his doctors have been Jewish, he said, and from them he learned that one shouldn't waste one's money on Jewish psychiatrists, either.
April 4, 2004 |
I believe it was in Los Angeles, just over 20 years ago, that I first heard the name of Sabina Spielrein. Film producer Howard Rosenman told me the fascinating story of the Russian doctor, one of the first female psychoanalysts, who, as a teenager, had been one of Carl Jung's patients, had stayed in Zurich to study psychology at the University of Zurich, and who might have had a love affair with Jung. She subsequently moved to Vienna, briefly became a patient of Sigmund Freud, married a Russian colleague and eventually returned to Russia.
June 5, 1994 |
Some people plagued by voices are grateful for drugs to silence them. But hundreds of members of a group called Hearing Voices prefer to listen and communicate with their voices. "At first I thought it was a support group. But it's much more far-reaching," said Jan, 43, a member of the Oxford chapter. "It's helping to validate those who hear voices and get across their point of view. It's giving people who hear voices a voice." Jan and about five other people meet two evenings a month at the office of Dr. Gordon Claridge, a professor of psychology at Oxford University and an authority on schizophrenia.
February 28, 1999 |
At the very beginning of the 20th century, as at its close, mainstream psychiatry has embraced a resolutely reductionist account of mental disorders, seeming to suggest that their psychological, social and moral dimensions may be safely set aside as the purely epiphenomenal accompaniments of an essentially biological condition. Sigmund Freud advanced a very different perspective on mental illness, of course.
May 15, 2000 |
No scientific figure has permeated the American consciousness--and perhaps its unconscious--more than Sigmund Freud. From Freudian slips to defense mechanisms to the cigars he made more notorious than Monica Lewinsky ever could, Freud's ideas are everywhere. They've shaped the way we see the mind, altered the way we interpret literature and brought talk therapy to the world at large.
February 14, 1999 |
Trials and theater have always been siblings. Both produce heroes and villains and depend for their form on audience recognition. Both engage ideas of deception and honesty, attempting to create public, culturally resonant spectacle out of private, even illicit truth. Yet, while it contained all the elements of great drama, the trial of President Bill Clinton failed miserably as theater.
October 17, 1993 |
The epic romance of psychoanalysis is made up of numerous smaller romances, each inviting a variety of interpretations, quite enough to nourish the literary imagination for a long time to come. John Kerr's, "A Most Dangerous Method," is an engaging, beautifully written, account of the ill-fated alliance between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung that began in 1906 when the 50-year-old Freud named Jung, a 31-year-old psychiatrist at the Burgholzli clinic in Zurich, as heir to his psychoanalytic program.