Narrative Psychology: The Storied Nature of Human Conduct

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which may explain some of the confusion) and adjustment with uncritical submission to the dominion of power holders. Such a view of psychoanalysis would, of course, facilitate and promote its ideological coupling with the several versions of Marxism and the Frankfurt school of Ideologiekritik now in vogue. The advocates of "return to the Id" register at the same time their opposition to any kind of Herrschaft (dominion), to the "administered life," and their pleading for the self in danger of expropriation. At the same time they tend toward collectivist and anti-elitist sentiments, which does not go well with the preservation of a nonadministered self. Psychoanalysis in this argument is treated like a doctrine of salvation in danger of being adulterated through shifty and impious additions. There is no hint anywhere that the usefulness of psychoanalytic propositions first and last must rest on its clinical practice. It has to be tested empirically, or it would quickly decline into philosophical speculation with mystical overtones, similar to the speculative philosophies of nature of the nineteenth century from Schelling to Schopenhauer. There is not a hint in the espousal of a psychoanalysis of the Id that Freud had already transcended the "seething cauldron" view in good time, proceeding to the propositions of ego psychology when they seemed to accommodate clinical experience better than the earlier, drive-oriented or "topical" concepts. For a characteristic sample of discontent, see, among others, Lohmann, Das Unbehagen in der Psychoanalyse ( 1985).
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English translation by F. W. ( Frisch, 1972).

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