Is psychoanalysis a science?

I’ve just been re-reading Freud’s An Outline of Psycho-Analysis1 which was his last attempt to give a concise exposition of his ideas and their clinical application.  This paper was written in 1938, very near to the end of Freud’s life.  I think this in itself is significant because by this …

Evidence and science

It was interesting to watch Sherlock the other night, i.e. the BBC’s ‘updating’ of Conan Doyle’s famous detective stories into the twenty first century with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the sleuth in question.  What particularly fascinated me, apart from the liberties that this ‘new’ version was taking with the plots …

Beyond the promise of the quick fix

I’ve just been reading Michael Sinclair’s book on corporate stress Fear and Self-Loathing in the City.   What’s interesting about this book is that it gives a fascinating insight into the psychology of City workers from a clinical perspective.  Sinclair discusses a range of problems including anxiety, depression, alcoholism, eating disorders, …