'What Freud Really Said'—His Views and Personality
Summarized case histories, ex-
pert analyses of Freudian views
and reflections on many Freudian
attitudes as well as references to
his personal life are to be found
in "What Freud Really Said" by
David Stafford-Clark. published by
The author, a noted London
psychologist. offers here a critique
of psychological methods and doc-
trines. He covers a variety of
leading psychological subjects —
interpretation of dreams, studies
of hysteria, sexuality, theories of
neuroses and numerous other re-
lated issues. .
In the course of his analytical
approaches, the author also out-
lines the profession of psycho-
analysis and there are some inter-
esting comments on Sigmund
Freud's Jewish attitudes and on
his family relationships,
"Until some time after his
father's death," Stafford-Clark
writes, "Freud considered him-
self subject to symptoms of neu-
rosis. His feelings for his father
and mother were as profound
and complicated as his own
theories would suggest; his
father was an orthodox Jew and,
throughout his father's life as
well as his own, he had seen
the vicious power of racial intol-
erance—in this case anti-Semit-
ism—to humiliate, insult and
embitter social and professional
The book commences with pre-
ludes, one quoting Freud who in
1928 said: "Why was it that none
of the pious ever discovered Psych-
analysis? Why did it have to wait
for a completely Godless Jew?"
The book concludes with a com-
ment that seeks to clarify this
statement, the author asserting:
"Freud himself was a sincere
and generous man, as well as a
Once a poor Hasid (disciple) be-
came so distraught because of the
crowding in his hovel that he ap-
pealed to his Zaddik for advice.
"Rebbe, - (common term applied to
a Zaddik, to distinguish him from
an ordinary rabbi) he cried, "we
have so many children (may no
Evil Eye fall on them!) and so
many relatives living with us, that
my wife and I cannot turn around
in the house!"
"Have you also a goat?" asked
the sitter Yid.
"Why not?" answered the other.
"What Jew doesn't own a goat?"
"Then my counsel is that you
bring the animal into your dwel-
This greatly mystified the Hasid,
but he did not dare argue. The next
day, however, having done as he
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came running back to the Zaddik.
"Beloved Rebbe," he g roaned.
- things now are worse than ever!"
"Have you any chickens?" he was
"What then? How can a Jew live
without a few chickens in his
"My counsel is that you bring
them likewise into your house."
Again the Hasid could not bring
himself to argue, but after a day
with the chickens underfoot and on
every rafter, he returned once
more to the Zaddik, this time half-
"So it is bad, eh my son?" the
other said calmly.
"It is the end of the world!" re-
plied the lia.sid.
"Very well. then. Now go home,
turn out the goat and the chickens,
and come back to me on the mor-
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showed up with his face beaming.
"Rebbe!" he cried. "a thousand
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Stafford-Clark declares that
had struggled to help man find a
"Freud's last contribution to
way to elevate himself above the
this type of speculative theory
savage beast, which, through no
14 as 'Moses and Monotheism'."
fault of his own, is always part of
him. The doctrine of original sin
Freud's much debated theory
found no opposition from Freud, about Moses having been an Egyp-
atlbough his explanation of it was tian and the other theories that
biological rather than religious. have been challenged and attacked
But just as he accepted man as are reviewed here again and there
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therefore more noble, so Freud held themselves aloof, the sibling
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would never accept that man's in- rivalry in racial relations. etc. The
herent guilt should be a reason contention in the Freud theory is
for blaming him, Here at least quoted. namely, that Christian
the Godless Jew was one with anti-Semites are only thinly Chrir •
perhaps the most epochal of all Han. and the author quotes Freud
Converts to Christianity: Epistle who said that the Christian hatred
of St. Paul to the Ephesians. of the Jews "is at bottom a hatred
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David Stafford-Clark's "W h a t
have reacted to being equated with Freud Really Says" is a challeng-
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It will be found exceedingly in-
out that Freud
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