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About the Author

Freud first used the term psychoanalysis in 1896, when he was already 40. He had been driven by ambition from his earliest days and encouraged by his doting parents to think highly of himself. Born in 1856 to an impecunious Jewish family in the Moravian hamlet of Freiberg (now Pribor in the Czech Republic), he moved with the rest of a rapidly increasing brood to Vienna. He was his mother's firstborn, her "golden Siggie." In recognition of his brilliance, his parents privileged him over his siblings by giving him a room to himself, to study in peace. He did not disappoint them. After an impressive career in school, he matriculated in 1873 in the University of Vienna and drifted from one philosophical subject to another until he hit on medicine. His choice was less that of a dedicated healer than of an inquisitive explorer determined to solve some of nature's riddles. (Time Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449528074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449528072
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,540,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By akompano on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
...The publishers of the present book deserve credit for presenting to the reading public the gist of Freud's psychology in the master's own words, and in a form which shall neither discourage beginners, nor appear too elementary to those who are more advanced in psychoanalytic study.

Dream psychology is the key to Freud's works and to all modern psychology. With a simple, compact manual such as Dream Psychology there shall be no longer any excuse for ignorance of the most revolutionary psychological system of modern times...

...Sigmund Freud's (1856-1939) attitude toward dream study was, in other words, that of a statistician who does not know, and has no means of foreseeing, what conclusions will be forced on him by the information he is gathering, but who is fully prepared to accept those unavoidable conclusions.

This was indeed a novel way in psychology...

Five facts of first magnitude were made obvious to the world by his interpretation of dreams.

First of all, Freud pointed out a constant connection between some part of every dream and some detail of the dreamer's life during the previous waking state...

Secondly, Freud, after studying the dreamer's life and modes of thought, after noting down all his mannerisms and the apparently insignificant details of his conduct which reveal his secret thoughts, came to the conclusion that there was in every dream the attempted or successful gratification of some wish, conscious or unconscious.

Thirdly, he proved that many of our dream visions are symbolical, which causes us to consider them as absurd and unintelligible; the universality of those symbols, however, makes them very transparent to the trained observer.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful By M. Misekow on June 2, 2010
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I really liked this book. It is a very solid read, that is, if you like Sigmund Freud enough to at least want to read about his theories and opinions. I give this book 5 stars, not because I completely agree with every view that is expressed in it, but because I think it was an interesting read.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on January 15, 2011
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I strongly recommend Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for people who really appreciate enticing theories and other possiblities. You will be attached to this book for a while gathering as much information as possible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dale on April 22, 2005
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Freud is the father of modern psychology and he established the psychoanalytical point of view. No one who is not well grounded in Freudian lore can hope to achieve any work of value in the field of psychoanalysis.

The publishers of the present book deserve credit for presenting to the reading public the gist of Freud's psychology in the master's own words, and in a form which shall neither discourage beginners, nor appear too elementary to those who are more advanced in psychoanalytic study.

Dream psychology is the key to Freud's works and to all modern psychology.

Freud's theories are anything but theoretical.

He was moved by the fact that there always seemed to be a close connection between his patients' dreams and their mental abnormalities, to collect thousands of dreams and to compare them with the case histories in his possession.

He did not start out with a preconceived bias, hoping to find evidence which might support his views. He looked at facts a thousand times "until they began to tell him something." His attitude toward dream study was, in other words, that of a statistician who does not know, and has no means of foreseeing, what conclusions will be forced on him by the information he is gathering, but who is fully prepared to accept those unavoidable conclusions.

This was indeed a novel way in psychology.

Five facts of first magnitude were made obvious to the world by his interpretation of dreams.

First of all, Freud pointed out a constant connection between some part of every dream and some detail of the dreamer's life during the previous waking state.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PJ Adams on July 31, 2011
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This basic on Freud provides some clear insights. Worth a read if you want to understand the underpinings of Freud's theories and how they are playing out today. --PJ Adams, author of Freud's Revenge
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By VA Duck on March 14, 2012
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This book, according to the introduction by Dr. André Tridon, is an abstract from Professor Freud's "magnum opus" on the subject of Dream Psychology. It is a book suitable for a beginner to the topic - and in that it succeeds very well. The book is plainly comprehensible - though some of the terminology used will require a look-up to stay abreast with the abstract concepts that Dr. Freud presents.

The Introduction by Dr. Tridon is itself a valuable overview to the methods and conclusions drawn from Dr. Freud's work and should not be skipped! Later portions of the book require close attention and occasional re-reads. The material is abstract and conceptual, but your increased attention is rewarded. Regardless of whether or not the conclusions convince you as a reader, Dr. Freud's enormous contribution to the body of understanding as well as his specific findings are worth knowing, many of which may seem eerily intuitive.

-----kindle edition-----

Bare bones, but appreciated resurrection of this out-of-print book into e-book form. No page numbers, or index, the TOC is hyperlinked, but does not import to the kindle's GoTo menu. Publication quality ★★★☆☆
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