Diverging from the vituperative debates between the "Freud bashers" and the orthodox Freudians, this in-depth investigation of psychoanalysis exposes Freud's specious background assumptions in biology, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and moral and social philosophy in order to develop an alternative practice that challenges authoritarian traditions and fosters individual freedom and responsible action in the world.
"Jonathan Cohen's stunning incision into Freud's ideas permanently alters the theoretical, clinical, and rhetorical body of psychoanalysis....The rational psychoanalysis that Cohen develops is characterized by and uncompromising belief in the individual." —Judith E. Vida, M.D.
"In this remarkable work, Jonathan Cohen respectfully, incisively, and tellingly teases out the essence of psychoanalysis from it's age-old confusion with "Freudianism' while at the same time retaining all that is of value which rings true today. This book is about the extended set of values that should characterize an enlightened psychoanalysis, both in theory and in practice. The breadth, depth, and extent of this perspective is extraordinary." —James Grotstein, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA
"This is a book that must be read by all those with a serious interest in psychoanalytic theory and practice." —Louis Breger
Jonathan Cohen was raised in New York, studied physical chemistry at Yale University, and earned his M.D. at UCLA. He has practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis for over twenty-five years. He lectures widely, and his work has been published in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, and the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He lives in Denver, Colorado.