When Psychoanalysts Believed in Magic | JSTOR Daily
Ida Benedetto
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The discipline of psychoanalysis has always struggled to define itself as truly scientific. As psychologist and historian Júlia Gyimesi writes, something that made this difficult from the get-go was the deep interest many early Freudians had in the occult. The psychoanalytic view that people are subject to drives hidden from the conscious mind had a natural connection with spiritualists' ideas.

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