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The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. Hardcover – June, 1981

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (June 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465040152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465040155
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alfred Ernest Jones (1879-1958) was a Welsh psychoanalyst, and close associate of Sigmund Freud. While this account was written by a committed Freudian (and one who actively worked to exclude Jung from Frued), it is nevertheless filled with insights and details that are essential to a knowledge of Freud. Jones includes in detail (throughout all three volumes) Freud's life and works, of course, but the real value of Jones' book is the detail of the record given, and Jones' own insightful comments.

For example, "Freud took elaborate measures to secure his privacy, especially concerning his early life. On two occasions he completely destroyed all his correspondence, notes, diaries, and manuscripts." (Jones also notes that Frend deliberately suppressed a 1885 paper he wrote advocating injecting of cocaine.)

"In tracing ... the genesis of Freud's original discoveries, we may therefore legitimately consider that the greatest of them---namely, the universality of the Oedipus complex---was potentially facilitated by his own unusual family constellation, the spur it gave to his curiosity, and the opportunity it afforded of a complete repression."

"When he got hold of a simple but significant fact he would feel, and know, that it was an example of something general and universal, and the idea of collecting statistics on the matter was quite alien to him. It is one of the things for which other, more humdrum, workers have reproached him, but nevertheless that is the way the mind of a genius works.
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The most complete study of Freud's Work and life. That explains why still today almost 50 years after it appeared, it is still a cited work.
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I ordered this book after reading a library copy. It was so good, I just wanted to have it among my shelves. Detailed psychological bio of Freud, written by a former follower of his. Jones writes with sympathy, yet is clear about Freud's foibles and weaknesses.
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this book is very informative about the scientist
i would tell every one to get it if they are intrested in
sigmund freud and dont want to ay hundreds of dollars for a college class
this will do the trick
az
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