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“A Fat Wad of Dirty Pieces of Paper”: Freud on America, Freud in America, Freud and America

Ernst Falzeder

in After Freud Left

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226081373
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226081397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226081397.003.0005
“A Fat Wad of Dirty Pieces of Paper”: Freud on America, Freud in America, Freud and America

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This chapter reviews Sigmund Freud's notorious anti-Americanism. Its underlying theme is how personally irrelevant Freud became to psychoanalysis in America. The chapter reports some examples of negative things and positive remarks of Freud on America. Then, the chapter describes some of the peculiarities of Freud's attitude, and his possible motives. There were some remarks in which Freud made fun of America and the Americans. He had some particular dislike for particular groups of Americans, such as businessmen, journalists, publishers, and psychoanalysts. Apart from Freud's misjudgment of people, the Horace Frink episode revealed how his anti-Americanism corrupted his judgment of the institutional and political situation in America. Freud's anti-Americanism may have been due to ambition and humiliation, and envy and gratitude. Freud in fact helped to close a cultural gap and contributed to a new view and understanding of human beings in Europe and in the United States.

Keywords: anti-Americanism; Sigmund Freud; psychoanalysis; America; Horace Frink; ambition; humiliation; envy; gratitude

Chapter.  12232 words.  Illustrated.

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