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1.0 out of 5 stars HUGELY OVER-RATED, 16 July 2011
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This review is from: Group psychology and the analysis of the ego (Paperback)
I had previously read Gustav Le Bon's excellent book `The Crowd', and so developed the impression that Freud's work was a continuation of Le Bon's masterful volume. However, one who develops this impression has developed the wrong one.

After the first few chapters, it seems clear that Freud is simply parroting Le Bon while singing his praises (rightly so, but surely that should be kept for journals). It is quite amazing just how much of Le Bon's tome Freud has quoted verbatim in his own book.

On the second part of this volume, we venture into more familiar and indeed recognisable Freudian literature. Freud's sick `Oedipus' complex is plastered onto the character of mankind in a fashion that seems to take the heat off Freud's own back. This is Freud at his best/worst. The sick, perverted mind of a man who is so mentally-ill he has decided that he is quite on top of things, whereas the rest of the world (especially we Europeans, or Aryans as Freud calls us) is diseased - much akin to the chronic drunk who insists HE is always sober and everyone else is incessantly drunk!

If you are Jewish, Freud's work may well apply to you. If you are not, consider it useful only for lining a bin or building a fire.

I do NOT recommend this, but i DO recommend Hans Eysenck's Decline And Fall of The Freudian Empire and Prof Kevin MacDonald's fabulous Culture of Critique (and of course Gustav Le Bon's The Crowd).
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2014 02:14:07 GMT
Ubermonkiac says:
This Holocaust denier continues to spout racism cloaked as valid criticism. Why are his illegal expressions still being allowed? His views are socially corrosive, divisive and smallminded. Ubermonkiac.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2014 12:46:51 GMT
Wulfgar says:
Another of those "free speech only so long as your speech is the same as my speech" tools.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jun 2015 20:01:34 BDT
Well, I agree with you there, Wulfgar. Go on spouting your rubbish. I find it entertaining.

Posted on 11 Jun 2015 20:23:16 BDT
BTW, why does Freud's work apply only to Jews? I thought your were just expressing distemper, at first, but it occurs to me that perhaps you're serious. Why would there be difference?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2015 20:12:41 BDT
Uber, I agree with you about the qualities of W's reviews, but why not allow them? If it wasn't for forums such as this, I wouldn't get insights into how such people think. I find Amazon a fairly painless place to hear this sort of thing; I wouldn't want to go probing into their chatrooms. That would be just too dark and frantic, and I also wouldn't want to be mixed up in their business.
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