Quotation by Robert Nisbet

Freudianism is much more nearly a religion than a science, inasmuch as the relation between analyst and patient has a great deal in common with that between priest and communicant at confessional, and such ideas as the Oedipus complex, the superego, the libido, and the id exert an effect upon the converted which is almost identical with what flows to the devout Christian from godhead, trinity, grace, and immortality.
Robert Nisbet (b. 1913), U.S. historian, educator. "Atheism," Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary, Harvard University Press (1982).
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