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Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis Paperback – September 17, 1989
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About the Author
Peter Gay (1923―2015) was the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time.
Top Customer Reviews
It takes courage to read this book with an open mind, but if you do you can't but gain new insight into yourself and the people around you. The prose is delightful-- erudite, lucid, penetrating (ha!), and illustrated with beautifully observed examples from literature, history, and Freud's own life and practice.
Here are some representative quotations from the book:
"(P)sycho-analysis is a procedure for the medical treatment of neurotic patients."
"(Psycho-analysis asserts) that instinctual impulses which can only be described as sexual ... play an extremely large and never hitherto appreciated part in the causation of nervous and mental diseases. It asserts further that these same sexual impulses also make contributions that must not be underestimated to the highest cultural, artistic and social creations of the human spirit."
"What instigates a dream is a wish, and the fulfillment of that wish is the content of the dream---this is one of the chief characteristics of dreams."
"The very great majority of symbols in dreams are sexual symbols."
"I refer you to ... C.G. Jung, at a time when he was merely a psycho-analyst and had not yet aspired to be a prophet..."
"(After Copernicus and Darwin) human megalomania will have suffered its third and most wounding blow from the psychological research which seeks to prove to the ego that it is not even master in its own house, but must content itself with scanty information of what is going on unconsciously in its mind."
"(Psycho-analysis) can be applied to the history of civilization, to the science of religion and to mythology, no less than to the theory of the neuroses, without doing violence to its essential nature. What is aims at and achieves is nothing other than the uncovering of what is unconscious in mental life."
The explanations given are quite enough to try doing simple analysis on oneself. Freud is a superb writer and the translators did a good job as well.
I recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn about psychoanalysis. The only shortcoming is that the book reflects an outdated (100-years old) view on the subject, but I am unaware of anything more modern that would be equally interesting to read.
He was a genius.
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Product described as NEW, however, arrived clearly USED with a damaged cover and lines underlined in pen throughout the book.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you are interested in classic psychoanalysis, it is all explained for you here. It is a slow, difficult read, but it is well worth it.Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey W. Jensen
Impressive and informative. Start psychology with that and you will love it.Published 7 months ago by PiperCamper
Even one is not an expert in psychoanalysis, to read Freud is a great pleasure.Published 17 months ago by ELIANA SOUZA FURTADO
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