Freud did not invent the unconscious; he popularized it. Pierre Janet and William James and many others also had that concept. Janet claimed to have had it first.
Also, it is not so simplistic and a storage place. There is far too much evidence of dissociated memory and/or experience to just dismiss it.
>>> Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> 11/14/07 6:54 PM >>>
Diana Manister wrote:
> The many psychoanalytic institutes extant in NY City alone contradicts
> your assertion Carrol. From where did you get this information? Diana
Most therapists aren't MDs, hence not psychiatrists, hence not
psychoanalysts. And fortunately the army of therapists in the u.s. (with
ph.d.s in clincial psychology or Masters of Social Work) are protected
from the silliness of psychoanalysis by the success of u.s.
psychoanalysts 70 years ago in making it illegal for non-M.D.s to
practice psychoanalysis. (There are of course innumberable other ways of
being an incompetent or destructive therapist.)
Freud invented the unconscious in the first place as an answer to a
fundamental problem of neuroscience: where do memories go when we aren't
consciously remembering them? Answer (good for the 1890s): They were
"stored" in a "place" called The Unconscious. As Freud formulated it
(and this remains a trace in all his thought and that of his successors)
this was a bit of mechanical materialism, imbued with 19th-c positivist
science. Beginning in the 1990s neuroscientists made substantial
progress in explaining memory, and it is a bit of superstition to still
hold on to such a crude concept as The Unconscious, a sort of warehouse
where all sorts of goodies are hidden away.
New York is I fear particularly infected with psychoanalysis, but on the
whole it now lives only in departments of literature. That makes sense,
in that psychoanalysis is essentially a form of literary criticism.
Freud's book on dreams is a fine work of literature, but pretty hopeless