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Sarnoff, C.A. (1973). Folklore and Psychoanalysis: By Paulo de Carvalho-Neto. Coral Gables, Fla.: University of Miami Press, 1972. 211 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 42:464-465.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:464-465

Folklore and Psychoanalysis: By Paulo de Carvalho-Neto. Coral Gables, Fla.: University of Miami Press, 1972. 211 pp.

Review by:
Charles A. Sarnoff

Folklore and Psychoanalysis may be viewed from two aspects for our purpose. Of great value are the folktales that are mainly derived from Frazer's The Golden Bough and the discoveries of folklorists who have pursued their quarry among the indigenous and peasant populations of Brazil. The relationships between these findings and psychoanalytic findings are remarkable and impressive, and well worth the time of the interested reader.

On the other hand, an eclecticism and idiosyncratic interpretation of Freud's meanings pervade the pages of this book. For instance, when the author decides to deal with his material from the standpoint of metapsychology, he uses mental structure, mental energy, and mental mechanisms as the only categories. There is a tendency in this book, that I have also noted in American folklorists, to lump Freud's work and Jung's work together under the rubric 'psychoanalysis'.

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