Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Sigmund Freud by Kathleen Krull
This is the third book in Krull's series called Giants of Science. As usual, she has written a short, gossipy, and surprisingly interesting biography of a person that kids would normally find pretty dull. Freud was truly a pioneer in the field of psychology—before he came alone no one thought that a person could be helped by talking about their problems. Freud was the first to realize that people had a subconscious--the memories and feelings we are not even aware we have. Freud listened to people's dreams and thoughts, and found that once people confronted what was in their subconscous they could move on with their lives. Freud also had a lot of weird theories, especially about sexuality, and Krull shares those with readers. He was also pretty full of himself and hated for people to disagree with him. Of the Giants of Science books, I would say this is not as strong as the books on Leonardo or Isaac Newton, but if you want or need to know about Freud and you're looking to be entertained, this is definitely the book to read.