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Final Analysis: The Making and Unmaking of a Psychoanalyst

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He was the rising star of psychoanalysis, an intimate associate of Anna Freud & Kurt Eissler, a member of the Freudian inner circle with unrestricted access to the Freud Archives. Then Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson threw it all away because he dared to break the psychoanalytic community’s deepest taboo: he told the truth in public. As he unmasks the pretensions & abuse ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Addison Wesley Longman Publishing Co, (Reading, MA) (first published 1990)
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Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2012 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: psychoanalysts
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
My major at seminary was in psychology, my intention being to become a depth psychologist with a private practice dealing primarily with value issues. I had read all of the works of C.G. Jung, most of Freud, much of Adler, the Existential and Phenomenological psychotherapists etc. The more I studied the field, the less confident I was about the career. Beyond what now passes for common sense, there were few compelling discoveries in depth psychology. Psychotherapeutic efficacy seemed increasingl ...more
Erica Verrillo
Oct 20, 2012 Erica Verrillo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It might come as a shock to some readers to discover what goes on in the dark halls of psychoanalysis, but anyone with long experience in psychology will feel thoroughly vindicated after reading Final Analysis. Dr. Masson, a highly trained practitioner, is certainly not the first to point out that psychoanalysts (and psychiatrists) are a cult. The only reason we don't hear more from those members who have been "defrocked," as Peter Breggin puts it, is that, like a cult, its adherents still worsh ...more
Simon Broad
A good read, and relatively easy-going, if you aready understand some of the basics of Freud and psychoanalysis. It's interesting just how much clout the subject had at the time, and I would be interested to know how and why this went on to change after the 70s/80s, the period this book is set in.

The author is pretty convincing when it comes to the corruption and cliquiness he was up against, it seems pretty overstated here. Every time he mentions giving a paper, he seems to have had the whole
David Smith
Sep 10, 2016 David Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After psychiatric consultations for more than thirty years with an element of psychoanalysis / transference, I found this book enlightening. The fact is that the psychiatrist will be of the opinion that you are in the grip of a fantasy / delusion and that nothing extraordinary outside of the confines of their experience ever happens. While reading this book I tried to explain this to me psychiatrist who then asked me if I thought he might be deluded. In the light of diplomacy and fear of a spell ...more
Nov 30, 2014 A.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book from a humane writer
Harris Morrison
May 31, 2016 Harris Morrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
insightful and unsparing.
I had a tough time reading this through to the end. While Dr. Masson makes a few good points (and I stress the word few), this book felt like "get back" to all those who wouldn't accept him, and the writing was mediocre.
Aug 26, 2008 amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a juicy insight into the culture of toronto's analytic training institute. discussion about misunderstandings of freud's work was also interesting.
Oct 12, 2009 Liza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story, and he's a good writer, if also somewhat self-serving and narcissistic (like many of his books).
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He has written several books books critical of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and psychiatry as well as books on animals, their emotions and their rights.

He currently lives in New Zealand with his wife, two sons, three cats and three rats.
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