Category Archives: psychoanalysts

New ways of understanding youth

Dalrymple writes that Hermine Hug-Hellmuth was

sycophantically respectful of and grateful to Sigmund Fraud, which meant that, being the kind of man that he was, she remained in his good books. This was not the case with Freud’s daughter, Anna, who could not forgive her for having been the first to apply psychoanalysis to children, which is how she, Anna, wanted to be known. Pettiness and spite have always been the hallmarks of psychoanalysis, despite its claims to wisdom.

She was leading an arid existence, involving herself

in an arcane sect that contributed nothing to human understanding. Rather, the reverse: it erected elaborate screens of absurd theory between people and their proper self-reflection or self-examination.

She had an illegitimate elder half-sister, Antoine, who in 1906 gave birth to an illegitimate son called Rudolf. In 1924, Rudolf murdered Hermine brutally, shortly after publication of her book, Neue Wege zum Verständnis der Jugend: Psychoanalytische Vorlesungen für Eltern, Lehrer, Erzieher, Schulärzte, Kindergärtnerinnen und Fürsorgerinnen. It is hard, says Dalrymple,

to suppress a smile at the irony of it.

Dissatisfaction is the permanent condition of mankind

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 08.56.39Witch-doctoring, says Dalrymple (from 16:15),

can work for those who believe in witches and spirits.

However,

there is no total explanation of the human condition. There is no theory that will release us from dissatisfaction.

Use of psychoanalysts as paid companions

Dalrymple draws attention to one of the characters in Nigel Balchin's 1945 novel Mine Own Executioner (1945). Lady Maresfield is a rich, spoilt and lonely woman whose marriage is unsatisfactory and who uses Milne [a psychoanalyst and the main protagonist] merely as a shoulder to cry on, almost as a paid companion. Her name is surely significant: when Freud came to live in England, his address was Maresfield Gardens [pictured right]'

Dalrymple draws attention to one of the characters in Nigel Balchin’s 1945 novel Mine Own Executioner. Lady Maresfield is ‘a rich, spoilt and lonely woman whose marriage is unsatisfactory and who uses Milne [a psychoanalyst and the main protagonist] as a shoulder to cry on, almost as a paid companion. Her name is significant: when Freud came to live in England, his address was [20] Maresfield Gardens

Get a hold of yourself!

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 10.28.10Dalrymple argues that psychology

doesn’t help us understand ourselves. In the last 100 years we haven’t found anything of any value. We haven’t moved beyond Shakespeare.

On psychoanalysis, he remarks:

I daresay some people will have benefited from it, but they will have benefited from witch-doctors. It doesn’t help us to understand the human condition. I’m not sure anything will ever do better than literature, and even literature doesn’t help that much.

They called this totalitarian a liberator

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 22.57.49A cupboard packed with skeletons

Freud excelled in the arts of totalitarianism, says Dalrymple. The father of psychoanalysis

denigrated, excommunicated, falsified, minimised, concealed, lied, distorted history, embargoed, and resorted constantly to that ad hominem (which is something of course that I would never do), in a way of which Stalin might have been proud or at least not ashamed.

Freudster

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 22.55.43Dalrymple points out that Sigmund Freud was no scientist. He was the founder of a religious sect rather than of a scientific discipline. This incestuous adulterer was

  • a money-grubbing charlatan oscillating between wishful thinking and outright lying
  • an unscrupulous manipulator who owed his success not to the truth but to the emptiness of his theories
  • a man avid for fame and fortune only too aware that he might not achieve them by more conventional means

His technique

was of no greater therapeutic value than exorcism, although much more expensive and a great deal less fun – except for those who desired to talk endlessly about themselves and were willing to pay someone else to listen to them or at least pretend to listen to them.

France and Argentina are

the last redoubt in the world of psychoanalysis (not that this prevents the French from being world-champion psychotropic medication swallowers as well, on the contrary); the bookshops are still full of volumes by psychoanalysts written in alchemical language that means something only to those who have entered their temple, and perhaps not even to them.

The exposure of Freud as a fraud

still comes as a shock in France, long after it has ceased to be such elsewhere in the Western world.

The question is

why theories so arcane, so preposterously speculative, so lacking in evidence in their favour and even in the possibility of there being any such evidence, should for a number of decades have conquered the most scientifically advanced regions.

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Dalrymple has little time for haruspices

Psychoanalysis doesn't do anything for Dalrymple. (Roman haruspex, from a bas-relief, Louvre)

Psychoanalysis doesn’t do anything for Dalrymple (bas-relief, Roman, Louvre)