Seeing Freud in Perspective
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Quoting Sigmund Freud in psychoanalysis is beginning at last to be like quoting Newton in physics. Both men are assured of that permanent place in the history of thought that belongs to the genuine pioneer. Psychoanalysis can no longer be simply identified with the original, classic psychobiology. Freud himself began the first major move beyond that starting point, when in the 1920s he turned his attention to the analysis of the “ego.” In fact this was a tribute to a fearless thinker, whose mind was ever on the move, exploring the little understood ways of the human mind. Broadly, Freud’s observations of matters of psychic fact have proved to be more lasting than his theories, even though we cannot draw an absolute distinction between them. In his theory making Freud was bound to be primarily influenced by his scientific education and by the ideas generally accepted in the cultural era in which he began his work.