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The New Psychologies

The New Psychologies

Roman Catholic Books

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Freud's dogma of psychology-without-a-soul. Dr. Rudolf Allers demolished it in his “brilliant pages on the new psychologies and the old faith" (Commonweal, 1933). But he also taught Catholics how to use the valuable points of modern psychology in a Christian way. For a practicing psychologist to challenge the theories of Sigmund Freud in the 1930s, when the founder of psychoanalysis was at his pinnacle, was to invite excommunication by one's peers. But Viennese-born Dr. Rudolf Allers, a professor at Catholic University, dared just that in this landmark book -- for which "apostasy" Commonweal hailed his courage.The reason for the book's enduring value? Dr. Allers not only exposes the fatal errors of Freudianism, but demonstrates the surprising "convergence" of some other "new psychologies" with the Catholic understanding of man's nature -- and thus their tremendous potential for fostering true mental health. His uncanny (indeed prophetic) insights steer us clear of false theories and therapies, and helps immeasurably in our individual quests for peace of mind and Christian.

 

  • How some of the fundamental ideas and findings of modern psychology accord with the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, and other great Catholic thinkers
  • Why Freudian psychoanalysis, on the other hand, is “altogether incompatible with Christian thought”
  • The "fundamental attitude" at the root of all neuroses
  • The single virtue whose cultivation is the central task of psychotherapy, and the only way out of neurotic misery
  • Why are neurotic symptoms so frequently like sinful acts? Why are guilt feelings so common to neurotics?
  • How neurosis exaggerates features of personality common to us all. Why only the saint is completely free of it
  • One "supremely important fact” of which anyone charged with forming -- or reforming -- human character should be aware
  • The 19th-century priest (and Scholastic) who revolutionized psychology
  • Flaws in the five secular fundamentals of psychoanalysis -- and why the theory falls to pieces if even one is omitted
  • How Freud erred in finding the essence of man's nature in his lowest biological functions. Why true psychology finds it in his highest functions
  • The error that led Freud to distort the sexual
  • Why hedonism is the only ethics compatible with psychoanalysis, and is its inevitable consequence
  • The "new answers" Freud gave to the three great questions about life -- and why they're wrong
  • The self-contradiction at the very core of Freudianism
  • Why criticizing psychoanalysis does not mean rejecting all modern psychology or psychotherapy (as Freud insisted it did)
  • How some of Freud's theories flatly contradict -- or simply disregard -- the findings of experimental psychology
  • How the latest developments of psychology tend toward acknowledgement of the existence of the soul
  • Why psychoanalysis is bound to an absolute denial of free will that renders therapy not only impossible but meaningless
  • Why moral values do not even exist in the Freudian framework. How it reduces all absolute moral laws to provisional "rules"
  • How psychoanalysis selects only those facts which are in accordance with its views, or "interprets" them to make them fit
  • Why psychoanalysts who do manage to cure their patients do so in spite of Freud's false theories, not because of them
  • Why Freud's theories are irredeemably flawed, but some other non-Freudian psychologies are capable of correction
  • The flaw in Freud's theory of the unconscious. What St. Augustine taught about it, centuries earlier

"Brilliant pages on the new psychologies and the old faith. ... From beginning to end it is an interesting and enlightening work. Even the footnotes scintillate." -- Commonweal (1933)

"A timely study of the relation of modern psychology to Christian philosophy." -- Catholic World

"Well-packed with good things of the mind." -- America

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