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Snyder, D.M. (1987). On Freud's Adoption of the Objective View Regarding Psychological Phenomena. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 10(1):129-153.

(1987). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 10(1):129-153

On Freud's Adoption of the Objective View Regarding Psychological Phenomena

Dr. Douglas M. Snyder, Ph.D.

Detailed evidence is presented of the particular and subtle manner in which Freud adopted the objective view in his consideration of psychological phenomena, particularly during what Rapaport has referred to as the second phase in the development of psychoanalytic ego psychology. The evidence provides support against a recently espoused position that Freud did not strongly adhere to a scientific attitude in line with the tenets of the Helmholtz School. This evidence is also used as the basis for pointing out the distinction between objective and relativistic views of psychological phenomena.

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