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Surprisingly given the rather strange and narrow topic , a fascinating book not just on Freud, but on academic narcissism and on the psychology of heresy Were I to rate a book solely in terms of readability and interest, this one would get a five The topic, J.M Masson s dispute with the Freud Archives, however, is of less than world historical importance Having had some exposure to the psychoanalytic community while studying depth psychology in NYC and having read Masson s book on the affair, Assault on the Truth, I found it fascinating, reading it cover to cover in a single sitting Now I want to go ahead and read of Masson and Swales on psychoanalysis.The dispute around which this book centers was primarily caused by Archive Director Masson s claim to the NY Times that Freud had suppressed evidence about the etiological importance of childhood sexual experiences abuse with older relatives, substituting for it his theories of infantile sexuality and Oedipal conflict in other word, those theories which are arguably central to psychoanalysis.In fact, Freud did move from a to a less accepting attitude towards analysand s stories of childhood sex abuse at around the end of the nineteenth century Masson s claim of suppression is exaggerated if taken to mean that Freud consciously distorted evidence though it may be the case that his growing reluctance to take such memories at face value was overdetermined by personal psychological factors such as his own illicit sexual experiences, the fact that the supposed sexual preditors were often the same men who were paying their daughter s bills and a general social antipathy towards anyone repeating and believing such claims This notwithstanding, Freud never denied that there were indubitable cases of childhood sex abuse He just came to believe that they were rare, much rarer than neurotic adults having false memories of such.Masson was right, however, in saying that one s attitude towards infantile sexuality is a lynchpin of psychoanalysis and Malcolm s description of his claims and the psychanalytic community s responses to them is evidence of that. Fun I mean, certainly not of interest to everyone, but if you ve ever given half a shit about Freud which you should and if the idea of reading about a bunch of lunatic analysts and deranged academic infighting doesn t actively turn you off, I definitely recommend In the Freud Archives Also, it might enhance enjoyment if you ve got ties to Berkeley or Manhattan There is an Oscar winning screenplay waiting to be plucked from these pages Helen Mirren will get best supporting actress for her role as Anna Freud I can t wait to see it, so hurry up and adapt It won t break any box office records, but several notable critics might gush themselves to death.Anyway note that this book is incredibly short I d always pictured it being kind of long and footnotey, but it s basically a long New Yorker article, not a scholarly book If I d realized how short and readable this was, I might ve read it a long time ago It s really the most entertaining thing that I ve read in awhile. One of my favorite books of all time Janet Malcolm writes with a poison pen, but sees with extreme lucidity She is a searchlight in a greenhouse, withering whatever catches her attention Here, she turns her vision on a favorite subject the world of psychoanalysis A controversy between a trio of psychoanalysts becomes an exploration of ambition, intellectual obsession, the practice of and institutions around psychoanalysis, the problems of historyThe subject of the conflict is the birth of psychoanalytic theory in Vienna Three men become obsessed with its historical interpretation heroic origin myth or secret scandal The battleground is the Freud Archives, the collection of Freud s unpublished works, housed in his last home and carefully guarded by his daughter, Anna Freud The three men go at each other like three knights each trying to climb braids hanging from a tower.The keyphrase here is the truth is better than fiction, it is just harder to write well. You have allowed me, in a show of great confidence, to go through your cupboard A very interesting book, full of twists and turns and drama queens masquerading as Freud scholars Also, it was quite funny in parts Ultimately I felt like it was maybe too harsh on Masson and not critical enough of Eissler I found Eissler s nature to protect Freud s legacy very suspect And I was never convinced that Masson s theories were wrong at least we can safely say his main point is blatantly correct, now that we have the benefit of time on our side that Freud s idea that people s psychological illnesses happened only in their heads and are not related in any way to reality is wrong So what I m saying is that Masson made some good and correct points, and those points should be evaluated independently of how he treated manipulated his fellow man Swales was also an interesting character, uniquely flawed and brilliant It seems like all involved were cast in a negative light, though Masson gets the brunt of itHis narcissism was wounded when you withdrew your approval Well, my narcissism was wounded when I was proved to be a fool At root, the three insufferable, pedantic Freud scholars at the heart of Janet Malcolm s slim but riveting account engage in a highbrow hissy fit that differs from a modern day Twitter feud only a little bit Rather than snarky 140 character subtweeting, the principals write novella length letters at each other whose basic message boils down to You hurt my feelings This book is less than 160 pages but felt twice as long, so exhausted was I at these insecure windbags.And yet, Malcolm s cool, brutally observant prose makes this otherwise cloistered debate about the true motives of Sigmund Freud s abandonment of his infamous seduction theory and who would gain the access to tell that story seem like the most consequential thing in the world.This book is also worth reading because it forms a delicious daresay Freudian subtext to readers of her industry classic The Journalist and the Murderer At the same time Malcolm was documenting the libel trial between convicted triple murderer Jeffrey MacDonald and author Joe McGinniss, Malcolm was being sued by the subject of In the Freud Archives, self proclaimed intellectual gigolo Jeffrey Masson Like MacDonald with McGinniss, Masson thought Malcolm was on his side and would paint a largely sympathetic portrait of him rather than the kind of surgical vivisection she owns a virtual patent on Keep that in mind next time you take out your dog eared copy of TJATM. A book that surprised me and my first introduction to Janet Malcolm, who became one of my favourite writers In the Freud Archives is a kind of family romance an account of hopes, histories, filial affections given and betrayed, legacies despoiled, and savagely incestuous in fighting amongst the intellectual heirs of Freud Malcolm grew up in the world of 1950s and early 60s psychoanalysis, a world where remember Woody Allen s early routines Freudian theory was taken as a given and educated upper middle class New Yorkers took their analysts to be family oracles Her account of the internecine battles over Freud s legacy is about not just Masson s insistence that Freud deliberately downplayed evidence of actual child abuse because he feared for the social acceptance of his theories, but about class and style and generations as well, about the end of an era where Freud s legacy was administered by Central European disciples of Freud as a kind of remnant of a lost culture and time In the Freud Archives is hilarious, sad, dryly witty, and wonderfully presented Very much worth reading. An account of how some scholars fell out.I found this book interesting for the first few pages, but overall it was pretty dull. Includes An Afterword By The Author In The Freud Archives Tells The Story Of An Unlikely Encounter Among Three Men K R Eissler, The Venerable Doyen Of Psychoanalysis Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, A Flamboyant, Restless Forty Two Year Old Sanskrit Scholar Turned Psychoanalyst Turned Virulent Anti Freudian And Peter Swales, A Mischievous Thirty Five Year Old Former Assistant To The Rolling Stones And Self Taught Freud Scholar At The Center Of Their Oedipal Drama Are The Sigmund Freud Archives Founded, Headed, And Jealously Guarded By Eissler Whose Sealed Treasure Gleams And Beckons To The Community Of Freud Scholarship As If It Were The Rhine GoldJanet Malcolm S Fascinating Book First Appeared Some Twenty Years Ago, When It Was Immediately Recognized As A Rare And Remarkable Work Of Nonfiction A Story Of Infatuation And Disappointment, Betrayal And Revenge, In The Freud Archives Is Essentially A Comedy But The Powerful Presence Of Freud Himself And The Harsh Bracing Air Of His Ideas About Unconscious Life Hover Over The Narrative And Give It A Tragic Dimension En skikkelig thriller og page turner som foreg r i milj et rundt de delvis hemmeligholdte Freud arkivene Journalistisk sakprosa mesterlig skrevet av Janet Malcolm.