Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ten top books about psychoanalysis

Philippe Van Haute and Herman Westerink wrote the introduction to a new edition of Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality by Sigmund Freud. One of their top ten books about psychoanalysis, as shared at the Guardian:
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

The monologue of a Jewish bachelor who – in sessions with his psychoanalyst Dr. Spielvogel (what’s in a name?) – bluntly talks in detail about his often perverse sexual strivings. In 1969, this novel caused controversy in particular because of the masturbation scenes and the frank language. No times a-changin’ here: in his Victorian days Freud met similar objections on the same issues.
Read about another book on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue