New Book Argues Freud Merely a Master of 'Illusion'

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Sigmund Freud photographed by his son-in-law, Max Halberstadt around 1921. (Photo: Library of Congress)

In his new book, ‘Freud: The Making of an Illusion’ UC Berkeley professor emeritus Frederick Crews shows how Sigmund Freud’s ambitious nature came to overshadow the work he championed. Crews argues that Freud covered up errors and manipulated findings to protect his reputation and position in the burgeoning field of psychotherapy. Crews joins us to discuss his book and why Freud's reputation as the father of psychoanalysis persists despite evidence to the contrary.

Frederick Crews, professor emeritus of English, UC Berkeley; author, "Freud: The Making of an Illusion"