I have to take exception to Arion Berger’s portraying Freud as part of a second enlightenment (Demimonde, 4/17). “Sex is the root of all neurosis” is standard morality spoken in a pseudoscientific accent. Of course, it’s questionable whether the irrationality of the human mind would have been accepted if it hadn’t been surrounded by such a conservative theory. But seriously, Freud’s ideas have more in common with social Darwinism than the theory of relativity. They’re right-wing morality wrapped in a scientific monograph. Dr. Schlessinger, as Ms. Berger portrays her, doesn’t flaunt Freudian tradition; she is located squarely within it.

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