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.

2 comments:

Caleb White said...

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

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:
READ YOUR TEXTBOOKS.