Freud

It has been one hundred years since the publication of Freud’s Three Essays on The Theory of Sexuality. Many would argue – with some justification – that it is the most important work of psychology ever written.
Freud’s cultural impact on the 20th century cannot be over-...

It is significant because memories are an intrinsic part of us – they are the database or the content of the self. They ground it in a remembered reality that constrains what the self can be now and in the future, and what it could possibly have been in the past. Because of...

Freud, and the general domain of psychoanalytic thought, have always been controversial. In our lifetime, much of the attack on psychoanalysis has come from within psychology; in particular, on the question of the effectiveness of psychoanalysis and other psychoanalytic...

I’m increasingly impressed with how radical a thinker Freud was, now that
I appreciate what it takes to excavate anxiety-provoking experience for the purposes of understanding. Freud identified with ‘others’ – notably women, homosexuals and ‘mad’ people – without the...

It’s funny to reflect on how I became attached to the ‘idea’ of Freud. These days I’m engrossed in questions of identity and otherness, in both psychosocial and psychoanalytic terms. This has led me to explore how psychoanalysis arose out of a specific set of conditions...

I was fortunate that, during my final year at Bristol University, Henri Tajfel arrived to teach social psychology. Here was someone with a wider vision than rat mazes and nonsense syllables. His lectures may not have been easy to follow, but they were riveting. He would draw...

I trained in neuropsychology in the early 1980s. At that time (even more than today) the field was dominated by cognitive theory and methods. We learned a great deal about the manner in which the mechanisms of language, memory, visual recognition and the like were organised...