The Legacy of Freud

Sunday, November 13, 2016
First Aired: 
Sunday, February 2, 2014

What is it

Did you really want to eat that last piece of cake, or were you secretly thinking about your mother? Sigmund Freud, who might have suggested the latter, established the unconscious mind as a legitimate domain for scientific research. He was the first to seriously study dreams and slips of the tongue, and he proposed that neurotic behavior could be explained by beliefs and desires that we repress. However, many of Freud’s theories have been rejected as unscientific, and his particular brand of psychoanalysis is all but obsolete. So why is Freud still worth remembering? John and Ken get Oedipal with Stanford historian Paul Robinson, author of Freud and His Critics.

 
 

Paul Robinson, Richard W. Lyman Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University

 
 

Bonus Content

 

VIDEO: Opening montage

MUSIC: The Plāto'nes, Twisted

MUSIC: The Plāto'nes, Psycho Killier

 

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