I ordered a copy of Beverly Conrad's manuscript. Thanks for the suggestion. I did pick up a copy of Weiss's book, too, although I've only had a chance to read the section on dreams. A psychobiology of Freud is my primary interest. I think Freud's life is well-suited to our times. We today lack the social structures of the past to give us direction in life, so people must cast about much as Freud did. I think it might be inspiring to many to see how much struggle was involved even for a genius.
I would more than welcome Weiss's input regarding various aspects of Freud's life. Freud had a peculiar childhood, so I'm a bit out of my league in guessing how that subsequently participated in his behavior. I am puzzled also about how hysteria apparently came to be a malady that no longer exists and by the fact that Freud's case histories do not seem to hang together as examples of how humans operate. I could go on and on. Part of the motive in writing the biography in terms of what can be learned from Freud's dreams was the hope of keeping myself on somewhat firm ground. Freud as seen through the eyes of Control Mastery Theory comes across as a much more likable and decent human being than the Freud seen in terms of Freudian theory. I am very much interested in telling that story. Incidently, I will be in San Francisco July 13-17 to cover the SemiconWest trade show for my magazine.
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