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A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis [Kindle Edition]

Sigmund Freud , G. Stanley Hall
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Sigmund Freud (born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis.

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  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146819237X
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  • Language: English
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Dr Sigmund Freud has long been misunderstood as a nutcase or even a pervert for his ideas re: psychoanalysis, and his theories on "eros" and "thanatos". However, I have just read his five lectures on psychoanalysis, and I have found the scientific clarity with which he explained and conveyed his ideas to an audience completely unacquainted with such revolutionary ideas, mind blowing to say the least. While inherently difficult to comprehend, the sheer logic is utterly persuasive. In fact, Dr Freud is not some social scientist dreaming up some crazy psychological theory but a medical doctor who approached the problems of hysteria from the neurological viewpoint! Taking this background into account, I think his ideas must be given due credit and plausibility.

However, I must say that the origins of hysteria as a disease have not been beyond reproach. In fact, hysteria means "wandering womb" as those afflicted were often of the gentler gender; so the predominantly male doctors of the time viewed it as a female ailment, akin to something gynaecological in origin. They kind of thought the womb would wander around the body causing all kinds of symptoms in a typically fickle female manner. This is of course laughable in retrospect - we all know very well in this modern day and age that the female mind is perfectly capable of all that fickleness and much much more, without the help of the uterus.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It"s not like "OH,I COULDEN'T PUT IT DOWN' May 30, 2013
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Take the book in small bites,sleep on it,and eventually you will see how crazy good it is,at least thats how I feel about it today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to Freud March 3, 2013
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I'm an MSW student without a lot of psyche experience or background. This book was a great intro to psychoanalysis and I would absolutely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly commendable April 16, 2013
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Doctor Freud is still a very interesting read. He is one of the founders of modern psicology, and his then revolutionary insights in the workings of the human mind still mould much of what we think to know about ourselves. Besides, he is also witty and fun to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend for those who love psychology! October 10, 2013
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Easier to understand than one would think at first. Very interesting to those who enjoy psychology and learning about the mind and how people think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good April 13, 2014
By mbg
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This book is all what I expected. I like it that it is not a "text book" but a compilation of conferences and talks that guide you through the basics of psychoanalisys, and therefore you understand where "everything comes from" and not just "absorve knowledge".
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Psychoanalysis is steel the basic technique for understanding psychological behavior, the treatment takes a considerable amount of time and therefore other techniques are tested. The book is an introduction to the art presenting many experiences.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the neophyte May 3, 2015
By Ken
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This is presented as a series of lectures. It rambled quite a bit, and I don't know whether it was the original or the translation at fault, but it was often hard to follow. It rarely gets into the actual mechanics, the symptoms or the cures, of psychoanalsis, which I found disappointing. A lot of it dealt with the difficulties of dealing with patients, and it seemed to be meant for those who already had training in psychotherapy. Possibly this would make for more interesting reading if the reader has more knowledge in the field.
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