Psychoanalysis is a strange paradox, a science of human subjectivity, whose insights have transformed almost every aspect of our lives. Joseph Schwartz traces the cultural origins, social conflicts and passionate arguments of the struggle to understand the human inner world, in this fascinating history. The contributions of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Bowlby and Winnicott to our understanding of the structure of the human psyche are assessed, along with the linguistic-based theories of Lacan and the crucial impact of feminism. Schwartz lets us see for ourselves the strengths and weaknesses of the talking cure as it has developed in the twentieth century.
'An accomplished history of psychoanalysis... Schwartz is an able writer with considerable mastery of his subject.'
'Fresh and captivating... packed with fascinating insights and controversial propositions.'