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How True Was Freud?

A character in A.S. Byatt’s 1990 Booker Prize novel Possession articulated a view on Freud that probably represented the conventional wisdom: In every age, there must be truths people can’t fight—whether or not they want to, whether or not they will go on being truths in the future. We live in the truth of what Freud discovered. Whether or not we like it. However we’ve modified it. We aren’t really free to suppose—to imagine—he could possibly have been wrong about human nature. In particulars, surely—but not in the large plan. But how true was Freud’s vision, both in details and…

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