Fact & Fantasy in Freudian Theory by Paul Kline
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0415717132 | 528 pages | PDF | 21 MB
Originally published in 1972, this second edition in 1981 was fully revised & updated to cover recent developments in the field at the time. was written to answer many questions & criticisms surrounding psychoanalysis.
How much, if any, of Freudian theory is verifiable according to the usual criteria of scientific enquiry? Much work had been carried out at the time to discover which parts of Freudian theory are verifiable & which insupportable by experiment. In this book Dr Kline surveys this vast body of work. He takes, one by one, the central postulates of Freudian psychology & discusses the experiments which have been performed to test them. He scrutinizes each test, examines its methodology & its findings & weighs up its value. For some of the theories, it will be seen, there is no evidence whatsoever; for others, on the other h&, there is impressive & sometimes incontrovertible experimental support - for example, for the theory of repression.
This work will continue to be an invaluable, highly detailed reference work for those involved with Freud's work, & a book of great interest to those concerned with the method of psychological enquiry in general.