Freud's Megalomania

Freud's Megalomania

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Author/Contributor(s): Rosenfield, Israel
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Date: 04/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Condition: USED - Very good. An excellent, unmarked copy with very minor shelf wear.

In an inventive blending of comic energy and intellectual muscle ( The New Yorker), Israel Rosenfield serves up for our scrutiny and sheer delight Freud's long-lost last manuscript, which reveals a Freud who in reflecting upon his life's work realizes that he has gotten it all wrong! A victim of his own self-delusion, Freud goes about setting the record straight with a preposterously seductive new theory of human behavior: it is not drives that motivate us, but rather our boundless capacity to deceive ourselves. Such are the explosive contents of his last manuscript, Megalomania. Its discovery years later prompts a postmortem that effectively puts the icon to rest, resurrects the man, and exposes the naiveté of Freud's disciples and the megalomaniacal tendencies of his detractors. This wise and witty ( Boston Sunday Globe) intellectual spoof delivers a surprising twist on history and a playful challenge to today's enduring Freud debate.