When psychoanalytic criticism goes bad, it goes very, very
bad. I can't think of Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography
without recalling one of the worst and most hilarious instances of psychoanalytic analysis I've ever read.
Richard Bushman, in article entitled "On the Uses of Psychology: Conflict and Conciliation in Benjamin Franklin," argues that Franklin's life demonstrates a pattern of conflict and reconciliation tracing back to Franklin's being weaned from his mother's breast [mammary interruptus?:]. From these "early" experiences, Bushman asserts that Franklin learned to accept disappointments and make adjustments, leading to his successful political career as "a negotiator, an expert bargainer, inclined to reconcile conflicting parties on terms mutually beneficial."
Who knew? I'll bet McCain was a biter.