Elizabeth Lunbeck is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, specializing in the history of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and psychology, with allied interests in women and gender, intellectual and cultural history, and the twentieth-century United States.
She is the author of a number of books including the multi-award winning “The Psychiatric Persuasion: Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America”, and “The Americanization of Narcissism” for which she received the 2015 Courage to Dream Book Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association.
Liz is also an academic program graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and holds an MA in counseling psychology from William James College.
In today’s episode we explore some of the basic ideas of Freudian psychoanalysis, what it is and where it came from, whether there’s any truth to the modern caricature of psychoanalysis as an expensive waste of time exploring Oedipal issues and repressed memories, what modern psychoanalysis looks like in practice, and whether or not Freud still has anything to offer in the the 21st century.
ElizabethLunbeck.com – Liz’s website
Karnac Books – Online bookstore with around 18000 specialist titles on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy