‘Freud and Man’s Soul: An Important Re-Interpretation of Freudian Theory’ by Bruno Bettelheim

Published by Vintage in 1983.

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Has Sigmund Freud been seriously misunderstood? The book argues that mistranslation has distorted Freud’s work in English and led students to see a system intended to cooperate flexibly with individual needs as a set of rigid rules to be applied by external authority. This provocative argument cuts through the myths to reveal a greater, more compassionate and also far more disturbing figure.

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