Breger emphasizes, specifically, the lack of solace, comfort, and soothing Freud received from his mother (see, for example, pp. 2–3, 17, 29, 31). Such deprivation, if true, would likely have caused the baby Freud to grow into a psychopath rather than a cold, intellectualizing narcissist (3). Yet, Freud, unlike the psychopath, derived solace from a great many objects and activities both tangible and intangible. Indeed, I found Breger’s description of the multitude of ways, mostly very normal, by which Freud solaced himself (see pp. 23, 25, 31, 42, 48, 51, 54, 76, 77, 161, 237, 240, 244, 268, 361) one of the most interesting features of the book. Freud’s addiction to cocaine was perhaps his most self-destructive self-comforting strategy and, although Breger does not discuss it, may have played a pivotal role in many of Freud’s angry, paranoid attacks on Catholics, dissenters, and others.