(Image: © Bettmann via Getty Images) Sigmund Freud is one of the most famous doctors to delve into the human subconscious. But is anything he said rooted in science?
“Statistically, it’s conceivable that a man can be as dishonest and slippery as Freud and still come up with something true,” Crews said. “I’ve tried my best to examine his theories and to ask the question: What was the empirical evidence behind them? But when you ask these questions, then you eventually just lose hope.”
As damning an assessment as that is, it was not always like this for the founding father of psychoanalysis, who He wrote that mental health problems could be cured by bringing unconscious thoughts back into the conscious realm. In his own time, Freud enjoyed celebrity status as a leading intellectual of the th century.
But Freud’s theories are, on the whole, almost impossible to submit to the rigor of statistical analysis that legitimate science has to endure, said Crews. “That’s because his ideas are hopelessly vague. How do you test for them? They’re just phrases.” How accurate is the Myers-Briggs personality test. ? Is penis envy real?
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