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Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1917)

by Sigmund Freud

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Psychoanalysis is weird and complicated to understand and you need to have a lot of knowledge of the contemporary scientific community. But you also need to read the Father och Psychoanalyis own thoughts presented in his own words.
Not a book I would voluntarily read again though!
  asa_linde | Sep 6, 2016 |
  rouzejp | Sep 2, 2015 |
Male chauvinist. Nothing closet about him at all. The wonder is that he is still given any credence. If ever there was advice to be applied to the "teacher", it would be this:

Physician, heal thyself. ( )
  Scribble.Orca | Mar 31, 2013 |
In 28 lectures delivered in Vienna 1915-1917. [9] They are confined to three topics by way of introducing the method of the analysis he had developed over the previous 30 years -- psychopathology of everyday life "errors", dreams, and neuroses. The translation maintains the "conversational" teaching quality Freud used.
  keylawk | Dec 30, 2012 |
This book of around 500 pages consists of the transcripts of a series of 28 lectures on Psychoanalysis first delivered by Freud nearly a hundred years ago. His style is conversational, playful even, and puts the reader immediately at ease. He describes the hypotheses on which the theory of Psychoanalysis is based, amongst which is probably the most important discovery in psychology, the unconscious.
Though Psychoanalysis was developed as a means to treat neurosis, he explains that there is no single distinction between a neurotic patient and a healthy individual, it is a matter of continuous gradation between the two. The dreams and waking behaviour of each can be analysed therefore using the same method, and reveal the contents of the unconscious. Freud reasons that as the unconscious is the part of the mind not available to direct examination, the only way to study its contents is through the analysis of behaviour and thoughts for which we cannot provide a conscious motive. In the case of normal people these indicators of the contents of the unconscious include our dreams, and seemingly accidental occurrances such as forgetting certain things, slips of the tongue, and a few other things which are collectively known as parapraxes. In neurotic patients, these behaviours can also be analysed in the same way, in addition to the neurotic symptoms such as compulsions, irrational fears, anxieties etcetera for which they are being treated.
The symptoms, he explains, are caused by experiences or thoughts buried in the unconscious, which push through to the conscious and cause behaviours, thoughts, and compulsions, over which the patient has no control. By bringing these unconscious motives to light, into the consciousness, they lose their power and the symptoms dissipate. A large part of Psychoanalytic theory concerns the libido, and the nature of sexuality, which Freud reasons to be involved in virtually all of the neuroses. Jung, in his books, contends that the contents of the unconscious that cause neuroses extend beyond the sexual, and in this his theory of the Archetypes of the Unconscious is important, but after reading Freud I believe that the two theories are not necessarily mutually exclusive as they don't agree on what certain terms mean.
However these things are to be understood, it is clear that Freud was the most important contributor to the understanding of the mind in the last century, whether or not he was wrong about details. For this reason these lectures are essential reading for anyone who would pretend to an education. I was initially sceptical about Freud, from what I had heard about his theories secondhand, but it is not rational to dismiss him without a reading of his works. Rational Freud certainly is, and like all big thinkers, his ideas are not without controversy. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Jul 8, 2012 |
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Freud, SigmundAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Šuvajevs, IgorsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gay, PeterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hall, G. StanleyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, ErnestIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Renterghem, A.W. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riviere, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strachey, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tsalikoglou, FoteiniIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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E’ questo l’unico libro di Freud che ci dà la prospettiva totale della sua dottrina: le trentacinque celeberrime “lezioni”, che conducono il lettore a impadronirsi con ordinata gradualità del campo psicoanalitico nel suo insieme, sono una lettura davvero affascinante, di insuperato valore classico formativo, e al tempo stesso di vivissima attualità. Possiamo oggi, infatti, contentarci di orecchiare qualche risultato spicciolo di questa scienza profondamente innovatrice? Freud stesso ci avverte che gli “eclettici non sembrano tener conto che l’edificio della psicoanalisi, benché incompiuto, costituisce un’unità da cui nessuno può staccare elementi singoli a suo arbitrio”. La fama e la popolarità di Freud si fondarono in larga misura su questo libro, che per il rigore logico con cui sono presentati i materiali e l’estrema limpidità dell’esposizione fu subito considerato un capolavoro, ed ebbe, nel mondo intero, grandissima diffusione; troviamo in esso l’illustrazione esauriente della teoria psicoanalitica e delle sue applicazioni, e in più le opinioni di Freud su molte importanti questioni, come ad esempio l’educazione, la violenza, la guerra, la storia, la società, la religione, la femminilità.
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"Sigmund Freud's controversial ideas have penetrated Western culture more deeply than those of any other psychologist. The 'Freudian slip', the 'Oedipus complex', 'childhood sexuality', 'libido', 'narcissism', 'penis envy', the 'castration complex', the 'id', are all taken for granted in our everyday vocabulary. Psychoanalysis was never just a method of treatment, rather a vision of the human condition which has continued to fascinate and provoke long after the death of its originator."--Back cover.… (more)

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