Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 22, 2001 - Psychology - 167 pages
Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, developed a totally new way of looking at human nature. Only now, with the hindsight of the half-century since his death, can we assess his true legacy to current thought. As an experienced psychiatrist himself, Anthony Storr offers a lucid and objective look at Freud's major theories, evaluating whether they have stood the test of time, and in the process examines Freud himself in light of his own ideas. An excellent introduction to Freud's work, this book will appeal to all those broadly curious about psychoanalysis, psychology, and sociology.

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Contents

1 Life and character
1
2 From trauma to phantasy
17
3 Exploring the past
29
4 Free association dreams and transference
40
5 Ego superego and id
57
6 Aggression depression and paranoia
69
7 Jokes and The PsychoPathology of Everyday Life
82
8 Art and literature
91
9 Culture and religion
105
10 Freud as therapist
117
11 Psychoanalysis today
132
12 The appeal of psychoanalysis
142
Further reading
156
Index
160
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Anthony Storr qualified as a doctor in 1944. He subsequently specialized in psychiatry, trained as an analyst, and taught psychotherapy at Oxford. His books include The Integrity of the Personality (1960), The Dynamics of Creation (1972), Jung (1973), Solitude (1988), and Music and the Mind (1992). He is formerly Fellow of Green College, Oxford.

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