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Summary

This series of 28 lectures was given by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, during the First World War and first published in English in 1920.

The purpose of this general introduction was to present his work and ideas - as they had matured at that point - to a general public; and even though there was to be considerable development and change over the ensuing years, these talks still offer a valuable and remarkably approachable entry point to his revolutionary concepts.

The talks are divided into three parts: 'The Psychology of Errors' (which later became known as 'Freudian Slips'), 'The Dream' (his broad views on interpretation) and 'General Theory of Neuroses'. Within these sections appear many of his concepts which have found their way into the wider consciousness of modern man - the key role of sex in forming our thoughts and behavior, the Oedipus complex, the libido, sublimation, fixation, regression and suppression and the unconscious. He was determined to show how psychoanalysis could help reveal the causes of neuroses and lead to clarity for the patient - as opposed to the approach taken by psychiatrists.

Freud refers to his early use of hypnotism, which he later discarded, and many more steps which led him to his conclusions that the powerful part played by sexual impulses, often dating back to childhood, pursued individuals into adulthood.

Freud's text is well served by a clear presentation from Nigel Carrington. Translation by G. Stanley Hall.

Public Domain (P)2016 Ukmei Productions Ltd

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some interesting points

enjoyable, educational, a little too much at times, not sure if I believe some concepts

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An important context for modern psychotherapy

Whilst the themes are dated,
this book gives a context for current models. Some of the language is politically highly incorrect and these days unacceptable. the domineering approach of the therapist also thankfully outdated, however it is worth getting over these problems and giving Freud a chance. where the modern relevance is questionable (apart from the offering of a context) it is always interesting and thought provoking.

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  • Thomas
  • 05-09-16

Simply Spectacular

A must for anyone interested in psych theory. The overview it supplies is truly tremendous. Whether you a training healthcare professional, or someone curious of the inner processes of the human workings, it stands apart as a great place to start the journey within.

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  • A. Nixon
  • 19-10-16

Terrible reading

The narrator sounds like a voice artist from Family Guy or The Simpsons doing a terrible, over-the-top British accent. It's comical. Sadly, it wears thin pretty quickly and makes for an unpleasant listen. Will stick to the Kindle version for now.

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