The Time Capsule section of the latest issue of the APA Monitor in Psychology includes an article on the history of psychoanalysis and consumerism. The article, “Psychoanalysis shapes consumer culture: Or how Sigmund Freud, his nephew and a box of cigars forever changed American marketing,” explores the relationship between public relations founder Edward L. Bernays and his uncle Sigmund Freud. The article is authored by York University History and Theory of Psychology doctoral student Lisa Held, and is available free online here.
Those with an interest in the relationship between psychoanalysis, consumerism, and the self might also like the BBC documentary, The Century of the Self. The documentary is available in its entirity on Google Videos.