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`This is a thought provoking and passionately argued book, it is recommended as a thought provoking introduction to some of the key debates' - Journal of Analytical Psychology `Psychoanalysis in Focus provides an excellent introduction to the basic problems besetting psychoanalytic theory and practice. David Livingstone Smith's lucid survey of the major strands of the critical debate about psychoanalysis fills an important gap in the literature of a discipline not renowned for examining its own shortcomings at a fundamental level' - Allen Esterson, Author of Seductive Mirage: An Exploration of the Work of Sigmund Freud (Open Court Publishing, 1994) `David Livingstone Smith's clearly reasoned iconoclastic account convincingly demonstrates the illusory, quasi-religious status of psychoanalysis unsupported as it currently is by any objective evidence to underwrite ...

The Unconscious and Free Association in Focus
The unconscious and free association in focus

Freud's specific proposals about the nature of unconscious mental activity form the cornerstone of psychoanalytic theory. The idea of the unconscious was controversial during much of Freud's lifetime, and remains controversial in many quarters today. In this chapter I will first give something of the ...

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