Freud vs. Prozac

The architect of the unconscious faces his greatest challenge

What's missing from the biocentric image of humanity is the idea of people as makers of meaning, as unique creatures capable of living not only in a physical world but in a world of dramas and myths that, consciously and unconsciously, we create. Freud's enduring truth is simply this: No matter how many pills we take, we will continue to shape such dramas. The question is whether we will try to understand them and set a more deliberate course, or whether we will let them carry us where they will, aiming only to tolerate whatever they bring.

Jason Mercier

Research assistance: Meredith Yayanos

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