Final Analysis: The Making and Unmaking of a Psychoanalyst
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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 and Kurt Eissler, a member of the Freudian �inner circle� with unrestricted access to the Freud Archives. And 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 a...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 30th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 1990)
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Erik Graff
Dec 05, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychoanalysts
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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
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
Danette
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.
amy
a juicy insight into the culture of toronto's analytic training institute. discussion about misunderstandings of freud's work was also interesting.
Liza
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.
More about Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson...
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