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Book of the It Hardcover – May, 1969


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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Georg Walther Groddeck was born in Germany in 1866. Originally a writer, he became a doctor in middle life and, from that point on, thought of himself as healer rather than artist. He spent the remainder of his life as director of a clinic at Baden-Baden until his death in 1934. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown; New impression edition (May 1969)
  • ISBN-10: 0854782516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0854782512
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,795,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By suefein on July 9, 2009
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This is a fascinating book whose author's contribution to psychoanalysis is not given enough credit. His concept of the 'It' influenced Freud's Id, but its scope is wider. Groddeck sees the It as the central active component of the psyche. In addition,he was the first doctor explore the psyche as a cause of organic disease. Groddeck undertook psychoanalysis in a method of treating organic disease in contrast to Freud's treatment of pathologies of the mind.

Not all of his statements are to be taken seriously, he notes. And indeed some of them do strain the imagination. But the book is eminently readable and the Introduction by Durrell captures Groddeck's contributions perfectly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Taiji 218 on December 1, 2009
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This is a good book for those psychologists and students of psychology who want to explore where Herr Dr. Joy (which is the English translation of 'freude') received his understandings of the Unconscious. Many people think Freud simply came up with the concept on his own after working with his patients. Not so. He simply popularized the concept outside of Germany.

I found this a fun book to read when I was in college at the University of Michigan, much more entertaining than reading Freud's materials. Freud was fairly stuffy overall, Groddeck seems to have a much better sense of playfulness in his writing.
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By Daniel S on December 13, 2012
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Few books have made early psychoanalytic concepts so accessible. A must read for any serious student and for those looking to dabble in understanding the unconscious.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Richard on April 7, 2014
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I read this book about 15 years too late. There is a lot of intuitive insight written in between the lines of this little gem. There is also a bit of esoteric information as well. It is an excellent book. I found a copy in a book store for $2.45. I don't think I'll part with my copy.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By helen crawford on January 23, 2013
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Found for a friend, unable to find it, despite a search. Often find the "impossible" with an Amazon search. Recommend quite often.
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