The medical profession is justly conservative. Human life should not be considered as the proper material for wild experiments.
Conservatism, however, is too often a welcome excuse for lazy minds, loath to adapt themselves to fast changing conditions.
Remember the scornful reception which first was accorded to Freud's discoveries in the domain of the unconscious.
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Freuds theories are interesting, that can't be denied. But most of them are not applicable in real life. They're also extremely unscientific and subjective so they can't be proved or disproved. Also he made all his theories from a case study on one child. -.-
Freud's work, largely criticised, but must be considered
Just to clear up some errors in some reviews here. Freud did not just come up with some opinions and "whacky ideas". His theories are based on years of clinical research and while they are by nature subjective, which is a perfectly acceptable tenet of psychology, Freud considered his work to be actually scientific. Without his work, psychology would not be what it is today, and just because people may find his theories to be distasteful, it doesn't mean they do not have substance.
Freud's work has real life application in therapy as well as development. Most importantly, Freud's theories are being revisited and are being backed up with a lot of scientific evidence.
Absolute must read for those interested in psychology and psychoanalysis, but also in analysis of art, cinematography and literature.
Too many arrogant ignorant statements here from those who have never read more than "OK" magazine and the Daily Mail.