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The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis Hardcover – December 17, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0393038903 ISBN-10: 0393038904 Edition: 50 Anv

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 50 Anv edition (December 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393038904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393038903
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jason Lynn on April 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Fenichel has done the impossible with this sublime work: he has made a canon of psychoanalysis, uniting almost imperceptibly theories and research from over 1500 journal articles upto 1945;
he corrects Freud when wrong---as in his critique of the Death Instinct---yet he presents, extends, and applies Freud's science in a comprehensiveness and accuracy which no other psychoanalyst has since done. Fenichel not only summarizes and clearly explains theory, but also provides case-histories. He also decribes the most basic concepts of psychoanalysis such that any
intelligent layman/woman could use this book as a starting point, though the book does reach a very sophiscated level after the introduction and early chapters. Very significant is Fenichel's presentation of how mere neuroses can advance to psychoses, and that solely mentalistic causes can force such an advance; this etiology ruptures the current fashion of
emphasizing brain-biochemical causes, or, holding biochemicals to be the ONLY cause of mental illness; Fenichel's work here shows why the biochemical/physicalist-theory is at best half-true (despite the best marketing tactics of American pharmaceutical companies, and the outright bombast of the psychiatric community).

Fenichel is truly Freud's heir, and anyone interested in what psychoanalyisis is should read this book, as well as Feni's Collected Papers. Pompous and asinine critics of psychoanalysis,
from femininists to diluters like Lacan, to petty, small-minded
"philosophers," like Adolph Grundbaum, could have no rejoinder to this work, and they rarely if ever refer to it: its scope is so vast, and its ordering of theory and fact so powerful, its sources so numerous that critics would prefer to ignore it.

This is the most important work outside Freud's own that anyone could read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nikosandr75 on September 21, 2012
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An essential in psychoanalytic literature, this summary of the first 50 years in psychoanalytic research gives a thourough description and explanation of the freudian psychoanalytic school. With his scientific, and detailed writing Fenichel gives a detailed and clear understanding of psychoanalytic approach to mental phenomena, presenting the strong link between psychoanalytic thinking and human biology, helping put psychoanalysis back in medicine, where it has actually always belonged, being until now the only thourough "anatomy" and "physiology" of the mental functions of the human body.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viviana Pena on June 30, 2012
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I am using this text for my masters in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and it is really a wonderful piece of art. Well written, nicely supported and complete in the coverage of the theory of neurosis.
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