Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1977 - Psychology - 500 pages
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In reasoned progression he outlined core psychoanalytic concepts, such as repression, free association and libido. Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey.Freud approved the overall editorial plan, specific renderings of key words and phrases, and the addition of valuable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. Many of the translations were done by Strachey himself; the rest were prepared under his supervision. The result was to place the Standard Edition in a position of unquestioned supremacy over all other existing versions.Newly designed in a uniform format, each new paperback in the Standard Edition opens with a biographical essay on Freud's life and work —along with a note on the individual volume—by Peter Gay, Sterling Professor of History at Yale.
  

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Review: Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Penguin Freud Library)

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Having only heard and read references and short descriptions of psychoanalysis before reading this book I can honestly say that it was a great read, with a lot of value for a project Gutenberg free ... Read full review

Review: Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Penguin Freud Library)

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

I read this book for an undergraduate Psychology of Personality course. I will say at the outset that I believe firmly that there is value in this book even for those who consider Freudian theory to ... Read full review

Contents

Editors Introduction
3
Preface 1917
10
LECTURE
17
Parapraxes
29
Difficulties and First Approaches
101
v1 The Premisses and Technique
122
v11 The Manifest Content of Dreams
138
v111 Childrens Dreams
154
xv111 Fixation to TraumasThe Unconscious
338
xrx Resistance and Repression
354
xn The Development of the Libido
397
xxi1 Some Thoughts on Development
421
xx111 The Paths to the Formation of Symptoms
445
xxrv The Common Neurotic State
469
Anxiety
487
xxv1 The Libido Theory and Narcissism
512

The Censorship of Dreams
167
x1 The DreamWork
209
m1 The Archaic Features and Infantilism
246
x1v WishFulfilment
264
xv1 Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry
301
xv11 The Sense of Symptoms
318
xxv11 Transference
536
xxv111 Analytic Therapy
557
Bibliography and Author Index
579
List of Abbreviations
595
Index of Symbols
601
Copyright

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About the author (1977)

Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis, simultaneously a theory of personality, a therapy, and an intellectual movement. He was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Freiburg, Moravia, now part of Czechoslovakia, but then a city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the age of 4, he moved to Vienna, where he spent nearly his entire life. In 1873 he entered the medical school at the University of Vienna and spent the following eight years pursuing a wide range of studies, including philosophy, in addition to the medical curriculum. After graduating, he worked in several clinics and went to Paris to study under Jean-Martin Charcot, a neurologist who used hypnosis to treat the symptoms of hysteria. When Freud returned to Vienna and set up practice as a clinical neurologist, he found orthodox therapies for nervous disorders ineffective for most of his patients, so he began to use a modified version of the hypnosis he had learned under Charcot. Gradually, however, he discovered that it was not necessary to put patients into a deep trance; rather, he would merely encourage them to talk freely, saying whatever came to mind without self-censorship, in order to bring unconscious material to the surface, where it could be analyzed. He found that this method of free association very often evoked memories of traumatic events in childhood, usually having to do with sex. This discovery led him, at first, to assume that most of his patients had actually been seduced as children by adult relatives and that this was the cause of their neuroses; later, however, he changed his mind and concluded that his patients' memories of childhood seduction were fantasies born of their childhood sexual desires for adults. (This reversal is a matter of some controversy today.) Out of this clinical material he constructed a theory of psychosexual development through oral, anal, phallic and genital stages. Freud considered his patients' dreams and his own to be "the royal road to the unconscious." In The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), perhaps his most brilliant book, he theorized that dreams are heavily disguised expressions of deep-seated wishes and fears and can give great insight into personality. These investigations led him to his theory of a three-part structure of personality: the id (unconscious biological drives, especially for sex), the superego (the conscience, guided by moral principles), and the ego (the mediator between the id and superego, guided by reality). Freud's last years were plagued by severe illness and the rise of Nazism, which regarded psychoanalysis as a "Jewish pollution." Through the intervention of the British and U.S. governments, he was allowed to emigrate in 1938 to England, where he died 15 months later, widely honored for his original thinking. His theories have had a profound impact on psychology, anthropology, art, and literature, as well as on the thinking of millions of ordinary people about their own lives. Freud's daughter Anna Freud was the founder of the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic in London, where her specialty was applying psychoanalysis to children. Her major work was The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense (1936).

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is one of the twentieth century's greatest minds and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. His many works include The Ego and the Id; An Outline of Psycho-Analysis; Inhibitions; Symptoms and Anxiety; New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis; Civilization and Its Discontent, and others.

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