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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ON FREUD, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND OTHER PSYCHOTHERAPIES

Today's Buggy Topic

It's found in a thread at Economist View, where exchanges between four or five posters got suddenly hot and full of name-calling . . . the original culprit, and by far the worst, a raging egomaniac who attacks almost everyone with different views from her own ---- however ignorant and self-righteous --- as liars, haters, and scummy sleazeball idiots. 

Unfortunately, none of the others seemed to know much more about Freud than she does  --- anyway, with at most one or two minor exceptions --- and so the buggy prof, who has written extensively on psychotherapies (including here at this web site), left two lengthy posts that sought to clarify the strengths and weakness of Freud's original ideas, psychoanalysis, its evolution and contemporary condition, and the decline of psychoanalysis compared to cognitive and cognitive-behavioral alternatives. 

Along with, come to think of it, far more flexible insight-oriented therapy that shares the Freudian view of a personality structure, rooted in infancy and later childhood development, that causes the here-and-now problems of the suffering psychotherapeutic client. Click here for the thread.

Previous Buggy Articles at This Web Site Here

Starting in March and into April and May, 2008, the buggy prof commented extensively at our site on psychoanalysis and alternative therapies --- the lengthy articles prompted by his views of the remarkable HBO series In Treatment  . . . a 42 installment-drama, 5 days a week, about the life and therapeutic practice of a psychoanalyst, Paul Weston, played with remarkable talent by Gabriel Byrnes.  His own life, as it happened, was boiling over at the time ---- with himself, with his wife, and with a female patient he fell in love with.  He himself, then, had to return to therapy with his own psychoanalyst, Gina, played with equal flair and insight by Diana West.  The whole cast was uncommonly gifted; the story was full of surprises and remarkable characters; and the views on display of psychoanalysis --- not least, the conflict in approaches (highly personalized) between Weston and Gina --- were an endless source of intellectual stimulus.

You can find the first installment here

You'll See, If You Continue Through March and Into April and May 2008 . . .

... how prof bug's lengthy commentaries here were spawned by posts that he left in the numerous threads on In Treatment at the relevant HBO online blog. 

Several of the other posters ---- full of  projected fantasies onto Gabriel Byrne, which transformed him into a fictive GB of sexually charged transferences that had little, or nothing, to do with Byrne himself or the program ---- got more and more testy with the buggy guy, much to his amusement and jibing replies . . . along with fairly solid substantive analysis of the series and its main characters: the two psychoanalysts, Weston's wife and children, and his patients, one of whom he fell in love with.

Warning: if you are under 11 years of age, you shouldn't read some of the jibing posts aimed at middle-aged women and gay guys who saw themselves as females, all full of lecherous impulses of an hilarious sort directed at the fictive, created out-of-whole-cloth projective fantasies about Byrne: those buggy posts, you see, can get pretty racy. 

If, inversely, racy stuff of a rollicking sort is your preference, you find also try this buggy post too.