Freudulent poseur

The work of Sigmund Freud, writes Dalrymple, is

more like soothsaying than science.

This, he says, explains its popularity in the 20th century,

with its need for pagan mystics masquerading as rationalists.

Neither the plausibility nor the persuasiveness of Freud’s speculations

accounts for his influence on so many intelligent and well-educated people for so long; rather it was the convoluted implausibility of his speculations that attracted them. We like to be in on a secret not comprehensible to others.

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