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Author Slipp, Samuel

Title The Freudian mystique : Freud, women, and feminism / Samuel Slipp
Published New York : New York University Press, ©1993


Description 1 online resource (viii, 240 pages) : illustrations
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Psychoanalysis and Feminine Psychology -- 2. Magic, the Fear of Women, and Patriarchy -- 3. Preoedipal Development and Social Attitudes toward Women -- 4. Dethroning the Goddess and Phallocentrism -- 5. Projective Identification and Misogyny -- 6. Freud and His Mother -- 7. Sex, Death, and Abandonment -- 8. Freud's Family Dynamics -- 9. Omitting the Mother and Preoedipal Period in Freud̂s Theory -- 10. Female Sexual Development in Freudian Theory -- 11. Preoedipal Development in Girls and Boys -- 12. Maternal Merging in Society and the family -- 13. Freud's Support of Career-Oriented Women -- 14. Controversial Relationships with Women and Freud's Art Collection -- 15. Freud and Jung -- 16. Modern Changes in Psychoanalysis -- 17. Toward a New Feminine Psychology -- 18. Epilogue: The Evolution of Feminism and Integration with Psychoanalysis -- References -- Name Index -- Subject Index
Summary "Lucid and convincing ... Makes clear that [Freud's] vision was limited both by the social climate in which he worked and the personal experiences he preferred, subconsciously, not to deal with."--Los Angeles Times Sigmund Freud was quite arguably one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. Yet, over the last decade, portions of his theories of the mind have suffered remarkably accurate attacks by feminists and even some conservative Freudians. How could this great mind have been so wrong about women? In The Freudian Mystique, analyst Samuel Slipp offers an explanation of how such a remarkable and revolutionary thinker could achieve only inadequate theories of female development. Tracing the gradual evolution of patriarchy and phallocentrism in Western society, Slipp examines the stereotyped attitudes toward women that were taken for granted in Freud's culture and strongly influenced his thinking on feminine psychology. Of even greater importance was Freud's relationship with his mother, who emotionally abandoned him when he was two years old. Slipp brings the tools of a trained clinician into play as he examines, from an object relations perspective, Freud's own pre-oedipal conflicts, and shows how they influenced Freud's personality as well as the male-centric shape of his theory. Not limited to only one perspective, The Freudian Mystique analyzes how the entire contextual framework of individual development, history, and culture affected Freud's work in feminine psychology. The book then looks forward, to formulating a modern biopsychosocial framework for female gender development
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-215) and indexes
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 -- Contributions in psychology of femininity
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 -- Relations with women.
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 fast (OCoLC)fst00034252
Subject Femininity -- History
Psychoanalysis and feminism.
Women -- Psychology -- History
Psychoanalysis -- History
Freudian Theory -- history
Women -- psychology
Women's Rights -- history
PSYCHOLOGY -- Movements -- Psychoanalysis.
Psychoanalysis and feminism.
Relations with women.
Women -- Psychology.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 92035872
ISBN 0585318816