Sigmund Freud: His Life and Mind

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1332. Reviews the book, Sigmund Freud: His Life and Mind by Helen Walker Puner (1947). This biography of Sigmund Freud, written by Helen Walker Puner, a journalist, is referred to as the Transaction Edition in that it is a repetition of the first edition that appeared in 1947. Puner's biography is a down-to-earth analysis of Freud. She was the first to discover an admission by Freud that he made a mistake on one occasion in misdiagnosing a case as psychological when in fact it was physical. She has dealt in depth with Freud's views of religion and more specifically with the fact that he was a Jew and how his religion was important toward the development of his psychoanalytic concepts. She has presented what appears to be an unbiased view of Freud's relationships with his parents: the depth of the mother-son relationship and the ambivalent feelings with respect to his father. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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