Online Dictionary of Mental Health

The Online Dictionary of Mental Health is brought to you by Human Nature as a global information resource and research tool, compiled by Internet mental health resource users for Internet mental health resource users, covering all of the disciplines contributing to our understanding of mental health.

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Subject Index

Topics currently included in the Dictionary:

  • Abuse
  • Adolescence
  • Adoption
  • Aging
  • AIDS
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anti-Psychiatry
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Biofeedback
  • Bion, W. R.
  • Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Bisexuality
  • Childhood Disorders
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Clinical Prevention
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Cults
  • Cybertherapy
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Drama Therapy
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Dyslexia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Support – Self Help
  • Ethics
  • Ethnic Issues in Psychotherapy
  • Family Violence
  • Focused Action Therapy (FACT)
  • Gender Issues
  • Gestalt
  • Grief
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Homosexuality
  • Hypnosis
  • Internet Organizations (Mental Health)
  • InterPsych
  • Klein, Melanie
  • Lacan, J.
  • Lesbianism
  • Logotherapy
  • Narrative Psychology/Therapy
  • Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology
  • Neurolinguistic Programming
  • Object Relations
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Oedipus Complex
  • Panic
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Queer Resources
  • Rational-Emotive Therapy
  • Research
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Injury
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Virtual Reality

Discussion Webs

Burying Freud? – Debates on the Validity of Psychoanalysis

A century has passed since Freud started publishing the works that established his reputation as a scientist, healer, and sage, as one of the major thinkers of the 20th century, and as, in the words of the Freudian literary critic Harold Bloom, “the central imagination of our age”. Although his standing as a clinical scientist and biologist of the mind has always been precarious among those capable of judging scientific competence, his admirers have by no means been confined to the laity. In 1938, the secretaries of the Royal Society brought him their official charter to sign, “thereby joining his signature with Newton’s and Darwin’s”. Despite much early hostile criticism-sometimes motivated by overt or covert anti-Semitism-Freud’s reputation simply grew. He was, and remains, more famous than his critics, who have often seemed mere detractors. And yet his reputation is deeply mysterious. Esterson has reflected that “the rise of psychoanalysis to a position of prominence in the twentieth century will come to be regarded as one of the most extraordinary aberrations in the history of Western thought”. – Professor Raymond Tallis Burying Freud.

Jeffrey Masson and Freud’s Seduction Theory: a new fable based on old myths
by Allen Esterson

One of the most enduring myths of psychoanalytic history is that Freud proposed his seduction Freud’s Seduction Theorytheory as a result of hearing frequent reports from his female patients that they had been sexually abused in childhood. A second myth is that in the early days of psychoanalysis, Freud’s medical colleagues took such exception to his theories of infantile sexuality that they subjected him to professional ostracism. Jeffrey Masson combined these two myths to produce a compelling and influential account of the seduction theory episode. However, an examination of the contemporary documents indicates that Freud’s clinical findings reported in the seduction theory papers were spurious, that he was right to abandon the seduction theory, and that Masson’s version of events is erroneous.