Posted: Mar 27, 2010 8:26 am
by Mr.Samsa
Lazar wrote:

EDIT: The J Allen Hobson book recommended by Samsa is a cracker. Its worth a read regardless of whether you want to debunk Freud of not.

I stole that from one of your posts on the Freud thread at RDF I think! :grin:

Mayak wrote:Thanks for the links! I will definitely check them out.

My main questions would be concerning Freud's theory of personality (Id, Ego, and Superego) and the effectiveness of psychoanalysis.

Honestly, I don't think there is much to say on his theory of personality. After reading the Wikipedia article, it is crazy to think that Id, Ego, and Superego are at the forefront of psychology. :crazy:

The only thing left is psychoanalysis which seems to be a pretty big gray area, from the Wikipedia article it is hard to figure out what the hell is going on.

No problem. And as for his Id, Ego and Superego - the problems they face are the same as what god faces. There is absolutely no reason to believe in them, current theories explain the same concepts and data much better/more parsimoniously, and frankly the idea of id/ego/superego are ridiculous..

And psychoanalysis, I'll have a look for some papers on it but as far as I'm aware it shows no better efficacy compared to patients who undergo no treatment in most studies.