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PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION

SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939)
He argued that religion is an illusion.
WHY WAS HE ANTI-RELIGIOUS?
Influenced by catholic nanny who believed firmly in heaven and hell; reward and
punishment
Encountered Anti-Semitism which made him feel like an outsider
Studied medicine and it was well known among this profession…

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FREUD AND HIS PRIMAL HORDE
The work of various naturalists and anthropologists gave Freud the idea that in primitive human
society there was hordes. Here there would be dominant males who have first pick of the
breeding females. Younger male members of the horde become resentful and develop
ambivalent attitudes…

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