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Breger, L. (2012). Freud: Darkness and Vision. Psychodyn. Psych., 40(2):211-242.

(2012). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 40(2):211-242

Freud: Darkness and Vision

Louis Breger, Ph.D.

Freud's creation of psychoanalysis is the starting place for a great many forms of contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy, despite the fact that his work is very much a mixture of brilliant insights and misconceptions. Here, I will attempt to describe both the valuable contributions and the wrong turns, and to show how both can be understood in terms of the traumas he suffered as a child, as well as his particular adaptations to them. A review of his treatment of a number of patients will illustrate this discussion.

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