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57. Freud's theories are dated and widely criticized today ...


A more general criticism of Freud's theory is its emphasis on sexuality. Everything, both good and bad, seems to stem from the expression or repression of the sex drive. Many people question that, and wonder if there are any other forces at work. Freud himself later added the death instinct, but that proved to be another one of his less popular ideas.

First let me point out that, in fact, a great deal of our activities are in some fashion motivated by sex. If you take a good hard look at our modern society, you will find that most advertising uses sexual images, that movies and television programs often don't sell well if they don't include some titillation, that the fashion industry is based on a continual game of sexual hide-and-seek, and that we all spend a considerable portion of every day playing "the mating game." Yet we still don't feel that all life is sexual.

But Freud's emphasis on sexuality was not based on the great amount of obvious sexuality in his society -- it was based on the intense avoidance of sexuality, especially among the middle and upper classes, and most especially among women. What we too easily forget is that the world has changed rather dramatically over the last hundred years. We forget that doctors and ministers recommended strong punishment for masturbation, that "leg" was a dirty word, that a woman who felt sexual desire was automatically considered a potential prostitute, that a bride was often taken completely by surprise by the events of the wedding night, and could well faint at the thought. emphasis added

It is to Freud's credit that he managed to rise above his culture's sexual attitudes. Even his mentor Breuer and the brilliant Charcot couldn't fully acknowledge the sexual nature of their clients' problems. Freud's mistake was more a matter of generalizing too far, and not taking cultural change into account. It is ironic that much of the cultural change in sexual attitudes was in fact due to Freud's work!
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  -Guns are bad. newtothegame  Nov-06-09 02:38 PM   #0 
  - MMM Kay? n/t  A HERETIC I AM   Nov-06-09 02:38 PM   #1 
  - I own guns and vote  Craftsman   Nov-06-09 02:39 PM   #2 
  - How many guns did you win?  meegbear   Nov-06-09 02:40 PM   #3 
  - Edited. The joke no longer applies. n/t  A HERETIC I AM   Nov-06-09 02:40 PM   #5 
     - I think he invested part of his winnings in chemical refreshments. n/t  crim son   Nov-06-09 02:41 PM   #8 
     - For those playing at home, the post did say " I won guns and vote" ...  meegbear   Nov-06-09 03:29 PM   #35 
        - Ah, thanks. I've never won a gun, but I did win a nice prize in the raffle at a gun shoot.  slackmaster   Nov-06-09 04:31 PM   #41 
           - Hey hey  cowman   Apr-08-10 08:56 AM   #54 
  - Gungeon bound.  TexasObserver   Nov-06-09 02:40 PM   #4 
  - True. Having someone besides the shooter with a gun  crim son   Nov-06-09 02:40 PM   #6 
  - The argument is that if the victims had guns on them they could have defended themselves  Motown_Johnny   Nov-06-09 02:41 PM   #7 
  - Odd for someone with a MLK avatar. If MLK had had a firearm...nt  Captain Hilts   Nov-06-09 02:43 PM   #11 
  - MLK applied for a concealed carry permit  Euromutt   Nov-06-09 08:41 PM   #49 
  - Yeah, another gun-controller uses Eleanor's avatar. She packed (nt)  SteveM   Nov-07-09 09:21 AM   #51 
  - Military bases are basically gun free zones...  spin   Nov-06-09 05:35 PM   #45 
  - Whether this is sarcasm or not, I wish you'd change your avatar if you're going to stir this up.  Captain Hilts   Nov-06-09 02:42 PM   #9 
  - "Fear of weapons is a sign of a sexually immature mind." - Sigmund Freud  Craftsman   Nov-06-09 02:42 PM   #10 
  - If I were staring down the barrel of a gun aimed at my face I wouldn't care about sexual maturity.  AlinPA   Nov-06-09 02:49 PM   #15 
  - Ah, the usual Freud misattribution:  villager   Nov-06-09 02:51 PM   #16 
  - not a freud quote  Howardx   Nov-06-09 02:53 PM   #18 
  - I prefer a quote from James A. Swan...  SteveM   Apr-08-10 09:41 AM   #55 
  - Freud's theories are dated and widely criticized today ...  spin   Apr-08-10 11:43 AM   #57 
  - Pipe Bombs are bad, outlawed, etc., but people still have and use them.  NYC_SKP   Nov-06-09 02:46 PM   #12 
  - spousal and partner abuse is bad  paulsby   Apr-08-10 05:40 PM   #64 
  - How exactly am I part of the problem?  Deep13   Nov-06-09 02:46 PM   #13 
  - "No one will be accidentally shot because of me"  Howardx   Nov-06-09 02:54 PM   #19 
  - I only use them in controlled environments...  Deep13   Nov-06-09 03:15 PM   #29 
  - Not predict, but control  slackmaster   Nov-06-09 03:16 PM   #30 
  - Then you are part of the problem as well.  OneTenthofOnePercent   Nov-06-09 04:43 PM   #42 
  - I don't expect newtothegame to acknowledge allowing for military and police to have firearms  slackmaster   Nov-06-09 03:21 PM   #32 
  - I guess I am "part of the problem"  oneshooter   Apr-08-10 10:08 PM   #66 
  - I wouldn't give mine up and I'm a liberal.  TheKentuckian   Nov-06-09 02:49 PM   #14 
  - Darn it Bing! The Magnum is the car gun and it stays in the car...  kenny blankenship   Nov-06-09 02:51 PM   #17 
  - I predict many more shootings and mass murders as more people...  winyanstaz   Nov-06-09 02:54 PM   #20 
  - Our current problems are no more onerous than historical ones.  PavePusher   Nov-06-09 05:43 PM   #47 
  - More people are licensed to carry firearms NOW than any time in our history,  old mark   Apr-15-10 06:52 AM   #70 
  - How Many Did You Convince To Get Rid of Their Guns?  Possumpoint   Nov-06-09 02:56 PM   #21 
  - What a tiresome post. What a useless bit of opinionating while people are mourning.  Bucky   Nov-06-09 02:56 PM   #22 
  - MM'kay.  Lucian   Nov-06-09 02:57 PM   #23 
  - Someone besides the shooter DID have a gun  liberaltrucker   Nov-06-09 02:59 PM   #24 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-06-09 03:29 PM   #34 
     - An armed MP stopped Hasan.  slackmaster   Nov-06-09 03:31 PM   #36 
  - Popcorn anyone?  madinmaryland   Nov-06-09 02:59 PM   #25 
  - Lets make a deal. When you win the drug war.  Pavulon   Nov-06-09 03:01 PM   #26 
  - It's not going to happen. Forget about it.  slackmaster   Nov-06-09 03:04 PM   #27 
  - WTF are you talking about?  DonP   Nov-06-09 03:11 PM   #28 
  - Spree killers are bad  friendly_iconoclast   Nov-06-09 03:19 PM   #31 
  - Depends on the  billh58   Nov-06-09 03:27 PM   #33 
  - You are sooooo right. nt  valerief   Nov-06-09 03:32 PM   #37 
  - idiots are bad  guardian   Nov-06-09 04:07 PM   #38 
  - What are the odds that the OP never returns to this post?  Hoopla Phil   Nov-06-09 04:23 PM   #39 
  - Another drive by.  Fire_Medic_Dave   Nov-06-09 04:30 PM   #40 
  - About the same as the Tampa Bay Bucs winning the Super Bowl...(n/t)  spin   Nov-06-09 05:39 PM   #46 
  - Forgot the sarcasm tag?  AtheistCrusader   Nov-06-09 04:47 PM   #43 
  - Some people with guns are bad, some are good...  spin   Nov-06-09 05:32 PM   #44 
  - Religious zealots are bad  Spoonman   Nov-06-09 05:52 PM   #48 
  - The cat crept into the crypt, crapped, then crept out again (nt)  SteveM   Nov-07-09 09:19 AM   #50 
  - Zombies are bad.  jazzhound   Apr-08-10 03:05 AM   #52 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-08-10 06:44 AM   #53 
  - Zombies are outlawed, they just don't know it!. n/t  oneshooter   Apr-08-10 10:10 PM   #67 
  - Except of course...  slackmaster   Apr-08-10 10:39 AM   #56 
  - My daughter is alive today ...  spin   Apr-08-10 11:51 AM   #58 
  - A friend of mine told me recently that a lady-friend of his was buying a  jazzhound   Apr-08-10 02:06 PM   #59 
     - I know a number of women who are armed ...  spin   Apr-08-10 02:10 PM   #60 
        - btw, spin --- sounds like your daughter has the benefit  jazzhound   Apr-08-10 02:16 PM   #61 
        - I started taking her to the range when she was 9 or 10 ...  spin   Apr-08-10 02:29 PM   #62 
        - My daughter carries a .380 for personl protection  shadowrider   Apr-14-10 06:10 AM   #69 
  - Joke post?  proteus_lives   Apr-08-10 05:07 PM   #63 
  - Wow, you've really thought this through.  aikoaiko   Apr-08-10 09:14 PM   #65 
  - Even though I know you're trolling..  ENDIF   Apr-14-10 12:11 AM   #68 

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