“A FREUDIAN FANTASY” (COMMENT). Dick Weisfelder commented pithily on yesterday’s post, which quoted heavily from a Freudian analysis by Adam Phillips of the cruelty of much self criticism. Dick’s comment: “A Freudian fantasy”. I certainly found the Freudian analysis to be such tough going that I only skimmed it. But Phillips did state a conclusion that I have only arrived at in the last few years. Phillips discusses self criticism by analyzing Freud and Hamlet. I noted in my first post on the “Against Self Criticism” essay that I had come to the same conclusions by watching Blackadder’s treatment of his dogsbody Baldrick (my earlier post was dated January 15 of this year). Blackadder is a lot easier than Freud to understand.

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