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← Freud and psycho-analysis: still useful?

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Comment 14 by Tyler Durden :

Are Freudian theories, in particular psycho-analysis, still useful in treating patients?

@Sjoerd -

Neuropsychology trumps Freudian psychoanalysis hands down. While Freud proposed some interesting theories, and instigated the field of analysis ("talk therapy") itself, unfortunately his conclusions were highly subjective, unfalsifiable, and unethical, to say the least.

I agree with all that and with everything else in your comment. But I want to point out that Neuropsychology isn't the sum total of either psychology or psychiatry. Just because Freud was a quack doesn't mean all talking therapies are useless.

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:54:40 UTC | #885811