San Francisco, California, 18th May 2023, ZEX PR WIRE, There’s a surprisingly funny story behind the development of psychology in America, and it involves a little-known journey by some of the top minds in the field. Author Clint Miller recently released Freud in America, a tongue-in-cheek account of how two psychologists took one of history’s strangest vacations to see if sex-crazed America could save the future of a movement. This lightly fictionalized comedy blends historical sources with the author’s dry wit to produce a memorable dramatization of real-life events that are almost too absurd to be true.
Book cover of Freud in America
Freud in America chronicles the trip that Sigmund Freud and his protégé Carl Jung took in 1909 to see if the United States was as curious about the secrets of sex as it appeared to be. Along the way, Freud and Jung struggle with their own deeply repressed desires and their volatile relationships with each other, themselves—and, apparently, their mothers. This pivotal journey establishes the legitimacy of psychoanalysis but ends in an irrevocable split between the two pioneers who made it happen.
Fans of light comedy or humorous medical histories such as Nate Pedersen and Lydia Kang’s Quackery will enjoy learning about the depravity that often preceded discoveries in psychology and mental health. Freud in America is a fast-moving read that doesn’t require any prior knowledge except knowing when to laugh.
When it launched, Freud in America became the #1 New Release in multiple categories and subsequently went on to reach several Amazon bestseller lists. Readers describe Freud in America as “equal parts hilarious and scandalous,” noting that it’s “a refreshing and entertaining way to learn about Sigmund Freud the real person as well as the Sigmund Freud who created psychoanalysis.”
Unlike other books that delve into this period in history, Miller doesn’t hesitate to poke fun at unbelievable situations like Freud’s pants-wetting emergency in New York or how William James, the Father of American Psychology, had an obsession with both seances and nitrous oxide.
Freud in America: The Funniest Travel Story in the History of Psychology, Sex, and the Subconscious is published by Ambitco. The paperback and ebook formats are available for purchase on Amazon. An audiobook and a film adaptation are currently in development.
Clint Miller is an award-winning writer and the recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Artist Development Fellowship. After studying at Yale and Harvard, he published several philosophical and historical works with Baker’s Plays, Samuel French, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Miller’s work has also been optioned for film and television in multiple world markets. For more information, visit him online at www.theclintmiller.com.
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