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The Blind Man Sees : Freud's Awakening and Other Essays - Neville Symington

The Blind Man Sees

Freud's Awakening and Other Essays

Paperback Published: 24th February 2004
ISBN: 9781855759848
Number Of Pages: 238

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The papers in this book have been written over a period of fifteen years and tackle various subjects within psychoanalysis. The main theme to arise from these writings, and the central argument in this latest work from the eminent psychoanalyst Neville Symington, is the similarity between psychoanalysis and religion. Symington argues that psychoanalysis can be seen as a scientific religion with Freud as the leader of the movement. He examines the various stages of the journey made by a religious leader from "blindness" to "founding an institution" and finds counterparts in the development of psychoanalysis while drawing examples from Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
Symington invites the reader on a journey with him - to examine the human mind, our society, the process of psychoanalysis, science and philosophy. He successfully uses examples from the consulting room to illuminate his arguments. Symington's honest accounts of the search for answers relevant to all of us encourage the reader to think further and deeper than he or she had intended.

"The psychoanalyst examines scientifically the emotional pattern in himself and the other. He can only do this to the extent to which he is self-aware. As what is he is exercising is the inner pattern of his and the other's relationship, then, according to my definition, what he is engaged in is a religious activity. As he is doing it in an orderly way about a determinate subject-matter, he is acting as a scientist. Hence my claim that psychoanalysis is a scientific religion." -- Neville Symington from the Introduction

Symington examines the various stages of the journey made by a religious leader from "blindness" to "founding an institution" and finds counterparts in the development of psychoanalysis while drawing examples from Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. He invites the reader on a journey with him - to examine the human mind, our society, the process of psychoanalysis, science and philosophy. He successfully uses examples from the consulting room to illuminate his arguments. Symington's honest accounts of the search for answers relevant to all of us encourage the reader to think further and deeper than he or she had intended. 'The psychoanalyst examines scientifically the emotional pattern in himself and the other. He can only do this to the extent to which he is self-aware. As what is he is exercising is the inner pattern of his and the other's relationship, then, according to my definition, what he is engaged in is a religious activity. As he is doing it in an orderly way about a determinate subject-matter, he is acting as a scientist. Hence my claim that psychoanalysis is a scientific religion.' - Neville Symington, from the Introduction

Introductionp. ix
Freud's awakeningp. 1
Was Freud influenced by Brentano?p. 22
An exegesis of conscience in the works of Freudp. 30
Freud's truthp. 45
The relation between the determinist and the religious model of the mindp. 48
The unconscious as an amoral constructionp. 54
Religion and science in psychoanalysisp. 72
The nature of realityp. 85
Religion and consciousnessp. 100
The true god and the false godp. 112
Natural spiritualityp. 124
An enquiry into the concepts of soul and psychep. 137
Religion and spiritualityp. 150
Is psychoanalysis a religion?p. 159
The murder of Laiusp. 165
Psychoanalysis and human freedomp. 174
Failure of internalization in modern culturep. 186
Anti-Semitism: another perspectivep. 197
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9781855759848
ISBN-10: 1855759845
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 238
Published: 24th February 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.34