Religion Past and Present

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S. Freud developed psychoanalysis as a method of investigating unconscious processes, as a theory of behavior and experience, and as a psychotherapeutic “talking cure” (Psychotherapy) for mental disorders. Psychiatry was revolutionized: for the first time, mentally ill individuals were recognized as subjects of their own biography and illness. Freud’s worldview as an atheistic Jew and as a natural scientist in the 19th-centur…

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Wahl, Heribert, “Psychoanalysis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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