The Unconscious Before Freud
Cover of the first edition
|Author||Lancelot Law Whyte|
|Published||1960 (Basic Books)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
Whyte, writing from a nonpsychoanalytic perspective, describes the two thousand years of thinking about the unconscious that preceded Sigmund Freud, showing how Freud's predecessors established its importance.
Psychologist Hans Eysenck notes in his Decline and Fall of the Freudian Empire (1985) that Whyte's book has become a classic. Historian Peter Gay called the work "a brief but helpful survey" in his Freud: A Life for Our Time (1988), but contrasted it unfavorably with Henri Ellenberger's subsequent work The Discovery of the Unconscious (1970).