In the 1960s, a radical group of psychotherapists challenged the influence of Freudian ideas in America. They were inspired by the ideas of Wilhelm Reich, a pupil of Freud’s, who had turned against him and was hated by the Freud family.
He believed that the inner self did not need to be repressed and controlled. It should be encouraged to express itself. “This series is about how those in power have used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.” – Adam Curtis
The Century of the Self – Part 4 – Eight people sipping wine in kettering: