HT: Bruce Ashford
Freud’s exploration of neurosis was really an exploration of authority, as Western man was realizing the idea of divine authority is an illusion. God doesn’t exist; therefore, he isn’t a legitimate authority. Freud recognized that as belief in God faded, psychological neuroses multiplied. Instead of correcting this by pointing persons back to God, however, Freud sought to heal by teaching his patients to accept this loss of authority as a positive development.
Thus the therapeutic culture was born. In place of theology, Freud and his progeny left us with sociology. [Philip] Rieff warned that the tradeoff would not be a fruitful one.
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