Freud's Vienna and Other Essays

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Eighteen essays by the late psychoanalyst and child psychologist. The broad topics are grouped into three categories: Freud and psychoanalysis, raising and educating children, and the Jews during and after the Holocaust. They are written with professional as well as personal experience and insight. The tone of the essays is non-technical and directed towards a general audience. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Bruno Bettelheim was born in Vienna in 1903. He received his doctorate at the University of Vienna and came to America in 1939, after a year in the concentration camps of Dachau and Buchenwald. He was a distinguished professor of education and professor of both psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He died in 1990.

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A well-known child psychoanalyst and survivor of two Nazi concentration camps, 85-year-old Bettelheim ( The Uses of Enchantment , LJ 6/1/76) reveals his life influences. In 18 essays collected under three headings--Freud, children, and the Holocaust--the author recalls how he got involved in psychoanalysis, influential books and movies, how Annie Sullivan's work with the severely handicapped Helen Keller foreshadowed his "milieu therapy" with autistic children, and how the psychological scars of children of Holocaust survivors rarely heal due to an inability to mourn adequately. This readable collection, which is nostalgic, personal, and informative, evokes strong feelings, especially the essay on Jewish "ghetto thinking," which describes an ethnic inertia that helped march "millions of people, like lemmings . . . to their own deaths." Recommended for larger psychology collections.
- Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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