Freud: A Very Short Introduction

Freud: A Very Short Introduction

Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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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  1. Agent Cooper said,

    Wrote on June 20, 2012 @ 10:54 am

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    Laura:…, July 4, 2001
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    This book is a very good general view of freud’s ideas, theories, and views. I would recommend it if you are just stating out. It has clear language too. However it is not terribly indepth so be forewarned that it may not meet all needs. It is a good general resource though.

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  2. Ingrid Heyn "No man is an Iland, intire of it... said,

    Wrote on June 20, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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    I dig Freud!, April 27, 2006
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    Yes, it’s true that he pretty much reduced everything to sex in some way or other. But if you go beyond that little foible then you see that SF was one of the most brilliant people of the last century, without doubt. There’s a section in here on his analysis of jokes and why we tell them that is priceless. And if you are honest with yourself then you will have to admit that he is exactly right on target. This book has definitely spurred my interest in the field and SF himself. I do think that the author glosses over SF’s religious views and writings a little too glibly, as though he thinks that SF really didn’t believe what he wrote. I actually think that these are some of the most profound of Freud’s writings and some that I definitely intend to pursue further. All in all though, this is definitely worth your time and money.

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on June 20, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

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    The unconscious purveyor of 20th century terminology, July 8, 2006
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    We are all aware of many of Freud’s ideas, even if we’re not conscious aware of that derivation. The concept of the id, the ego, the super-ego, Oedipal complex, etc., are now so much a part of our everyday language that we could find it easy to forget that they have not always been so.

    This little book is truly a perfect introduction to Freud’s life and work for those who’d never read any Freud and who want to get a good starting point. The writing is exceptionally clear and remarkably unbiased – readers will gain a good understanding of why Freud was so fêted and they will also have the information to make decisions on whether his theories are justified. To acknowledge that Freud was a highly intelligent man is not to admit that he understood human nature. In fact, in his case studies and his determined turning of every neurosis to a sexual starting point is the most exasperating element one encounters in reading Freud – that of Freud’s certainty of his own right point of view, without the evidence to support that viewpoint.

    But certainly the reader will be able to follow up on the writing here. For those wishing to read Freud’s own works, his books have been translated into English for those who are not able to read the original German. I have always found reading Freud to be a puzzling experience. On the one hand, the man had a very intelligent way of writing. On the other, he leapt to conclusions without bridging the gap with anything other than his own certainty. One can certainly “interpret” Freud in terms other than the organic or strictly literal, but any reading of his own writing will reveal to the reader that Freud didn’t have a metaphorical interpretation in mind. But even if his ideas were often stubbornly wrong, Freud is well worth reading.

    As Anthony Storr says, perhaps the greatest gift Freud gave to the world is the understanding that it is important to listen. To simply listen.

    This is a highly recommended book for anyone not familiar with Freud’s writings. Anthony Storr is well worth reading.

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