Monday, April 07, 2008

To Emotion, Devotion, and Causing a Commotion...

Freud has finally succeeded in making me laugh in a very good way.
In the middle of my homework, I discovered this little gem within my history of psychology textbook.

And I quote:

"In a paper presented to Veinnese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1896, Freud reported that, using material uncovered in his free-association technique, his patients revealed childhood seductions, with the seducer usually an older relative, often the father.
. . .
The group received Freud's paper with skepticism. Krafft-Ebing, the society's president, said it sounded like a "scientific fairy tale".
Freud said his critics were asses and could go to hell."

No need to sugarcoat it, I guess.
The principle of finding swear words in my textbook is very amusing to me.

Thank you, Freud, for making us laugh at psychology... again... and again... and again.


Caleb White said...

Not sure why you felt the need to include that disturbing first

Maybe I should try reading my textbooks. I didn't know they might be interesting. Hmm.

Elizabeth said...

Yeah, it's a little over the top (as Freud was, in my opinion), but does it not put the story in context?
I do apologize for it, though. I get so desensitized to the scandalous aspects of psychology that I become matter-of-fact about them, and regularly forget that the rest of the world isn't quite so used to them.

This is an official reminder from an unofficial source: