The Rise and Fall of Freudianism?
Has anyone tried to chronicle the rise and fall of Freudianism and Sigmund Freud's reputation? It's been hard for me to find anything on that.
And my interest in this was provoked by Michael Shermer's discussion of Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud in The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense. He noted that both gentlemen were big on self-promotion, but he noted important differences between Darwin and Freud. Darwin was much less secretive than Freud, and much more willing to address problems with his theories. Freud would respond to criticisms by stating that you have to have acquired all his experience before you can address the problems with his theories, which his followers did not find very satisfying. And his followers Adler and Jung eventually broke with him, going in their own separate directions.
In any case, it must be said that most post-Freud psychology is not as colorful as Freudianism. But perhaps that was what helped Freudianism succeed when it did -- having a plausible-looking narrative. Which makes it more like religion than like science, it must be said.
And in that light, I recall someone claiming that Freud was very good at coming up with hypotheses, but that he did not know how to test them. Which means that he was not that great a scientist.