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3.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars

on 31 March 2009
In this book the author's perspective is definitely somewhere between presentation and advocacy/defence, which is unsurprising since they are also the author of another book in the series introducing (a very freudian) psycho-analysis.

The book itself follows the format, famous in the series, of cartoon graphics, captions and dialogue, as a result its very accessible and easy to read in under and hour or two, great if you're a student or simply want an undemanding read on the train or bus. There's also a good index and bibliography for reference and the sequence is pretty clearly introduced at the onset, the book has a clear beginning, middle and end.

Discussed, or at least highlighted, are some of the main controversies about Freud's thinking, is it scientific, literary or cultural, how are any of his conclusions evidence based, did Freud cover up sexual abuse, was he mysogynistic, in what ways did he and those who followed his work revise it.

This however is a major fault of this book, it is merely an introduction and brief at that, its really only a taster and will leave the seriously interested reader ready to search out more. For instance Wittgenstein's observation that in the masses of case studies there are no sex dreams, it is implicit or requires analysis but yet these dreams are commonplace is presented but not really elaborated upon. Likewise Eric Fromm's revision of libido theory is summed up in a single thought bubble but similarly left to one side.

It was none the less interesting to read a partisan defence of Freud, given that I'm aware of so much popular and literary criticism of his theories and it was pretty enlightening for how point and counterpoint where made.
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