Anna Freud: A Biography (2nd Edition) by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

By Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

This variation of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's definitive biography of pioneering baby analyst Anna Freud includes—among different new features—a significant retrospective advent by way of the author.

“Young-Bruehl’s description of 1 of the main complicated yet significant lighting fixtures in psychoanalytic historical past has stood as a beacon to scholars of psychoanalytic historical past. it's the most sensible such a lot rigorously crafted biography of any psychoanalyst and it illuminates the full culture with a readability that simply the exploration of the lifetime of the daughter of the founding father of the stream might be able to supply. it's a fantastically written insightful and remarkably edifying piece of labor. the easiest has simply obtained better.”
-- Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, collage collage London

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Fear of Freedom and Responsibility We wish that there will one day no longer be anything to fear! (Nietzsche, 2003: 124). Fear of confronting the complex, ambiguous, and contradictory nature of being human, has, according to Nietzsche’s philosophy, diminished and 15 The work of the Italian poet Antonio Porchia, Voices, has many Nietzschean echoes, both in its aphoristic style and in its embrace of apparent contradictions: “That in man which cannot be domesticated is not his evil but his goodness” (Porchia, 2003: 31).

Nietzsche is non-prescriptive in suggesting an account of how to live a fuller life as he merely offers the possibility. His perspectivism extends to his own work, and he repeatedly asserts that these are merely his ideas: “these are only – my truths” (Nietzsche, 2003: 163). This avowal of “personal truth” correlates to the experience of love itself, as love is essentially subjective, primarily personal, and necessarily experiential rather than theoretic, objective or measurable. Nietzsche’s philosophy attempts to reveal the deceptions and duplicities which characterize much of life, of philosophy, and of human relations.

16 Nietzsche explains the attraction of this phenomenon as the desire to escape from the reality of the self: When, as happens so often, we let our annoyance out on others, while we are actually feeling it about ourselves, we are basically trying to cloud and delude our judgement; we want to motivate our annoyance a posteriori by the oversights and inadequacies of others, so that we can lose sight of ourselves (Nietzsche, 1984: 253). 17 Kaufmann, in his prolific commentary on Nietzsche’s philosophy, traces the origins of many contemporary ideas on subjects such as alienation, depression, resentment and guilt back to Nietzsche’s insights, and he credits Nietzsche with counteracting “the ostrich prudery of his age” (Kaufmann, 1974: 274).

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