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Carveth, D.L. (2007). Tête-à-Tête: imone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre Hazel Rowley New York: Harper Collins, 2005, 416 pp. Canadian J. Psychoanal., 15(2):362-368.

(2007). Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis, 15(2):362-368

Tête-à-Tête: imone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre Hazel Rowley New York: Harper Collins, 2005, 416 pp

Review by:
Donald L. Carveth

It is all too easy for psychoanalysts to write reductionistic and patholo-gizing applied psychoanalytic studies of artists and philosophers—overlooking or downplaying their genius (out of envy perhaps?)—and focusing on their psychological conflicts, character distortions, regressions, infan-tilisms, pathologies, and perversities. It was the proclivity of members of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society to engage on Saturday evenings in this enterprise—Freud's Leonardo being a case in point—that caused the critic and satirist Karl Kraus to set aside his initially favourable attitude toward psychoanalysis and conclude, “Nerve-doctors who pathologize genius ought to have their heads bashed in with the collected works of the genius” (Kraus in Szasz, 1976, p. 113).


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