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Product Details

  • Series: International Psycho-Analytical Library
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189139634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891396342
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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.

Peter Gay is 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. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 13, 2010
Freud wrote this book in 1921, and its themes are related to his books Beyond the Pleasure Principle-First Edition text and The Ego and the Id - First Edition Text.

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"(I)n a group the individual is brought under conditions which allow him to throw off the repressions of his unconscious instinctual impulses. The apparently new characteristics when he then displays are in fact the manifestations of this unconscious..."
"Since a group is in no doubt as to what constitutes truth or error, and is conscious, moreover, of its own great strength, it is as intolerant as it is obedient to authority. It respects force and can only be slightly influenced by kindness, which it regards merely as a form of weakness."
"But we do not separate ... one the one hand, self-love, and on the other, love for parents and children, friendship and love for humanity in general, and also devotion to concrete objects and to abstract ideas. Our justification lies in the fact that psychoanalytic research has taught us that all these tendencies are an expression of the same instinctual impulses; in relation between the sexes these impulses force their way toward sexual union, but in other circumstances they are diverted from this aim..."
"From being in love to hypnosis is evidently only a short step. The respects in which the two agree are obvious."
"The group ... agrees with hypnosis in the nature of the instincts which hold it together, and in the nature of the replacement of the ego ideal with other individuals, which was perhaps originally made possible by their having the same relation to the object."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Val on August 31, 2010
This review is for the 1922 hardcover edition, in which there are no typos or misprints.

This is a compact in-depth examination of group psychology (which Freud correctly refers to as the oldest human psychology). I was blown away by the clarity of writing that I just don't see anymore in modern nonfiction.

It was a pleasure to read and I recommend it to anyone interested in human group formation, group psychology, and leader dynamics. Actually everyone should read this, it is extremely relevant today.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. B. Starnes on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
Classical Freudian Psychology...his discussion on Group Behavior and the Ego (leadership functions and issues) is insightful and provides provocative understanding of group process....traditional Psychoanalytic thought.....
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on May 10, 2010
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This is the worst book I've ever received in my life. In one paragraph only there were over 100 typos. The book is absolutely unreadable. All footnotes are meshed with the text. You need a hieroglyph decoder to work on it for a year to bring the text to normal condition. Publisher must be sued and banned from publishing any other book.
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5 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Falk on April 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
In his Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker wrote that Freud's "great work, Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego...in my opinion is probably the single most potentially liberating tract that has ever been fashioned by man." I enjoyed the book, though not quite as much as Becker did. I've read many of Freud's other works and have found them fascinating and very helpful, especially The Interpretation of Dreams. Becker's work is wonderful and voices both appreciations and criticisms of Freud throughout.
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