The pioneer of psychiatry began as an advocate of the oppressed, documenting the effects of trauma on mental health. But he soon switched sides to justify the status quo, writes Susan Rosenthal.
Sigmund Freud was a creative thinker and a prolific writer who continues to shape our views of human behaviour. While academics debate Freud’s ideas in the abstract, with no regard for the consequences, socialists consider everything in its social context. Does Freud’s influence benefit or block the cause of the working class and the progress of humanity?