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The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud (Psychopathology of Everyday Life, the Interpretation of Dreams, and Three Contributions To the Theory of Sex) Hardcover – July 10, 1995


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  • Series: Modern Library
  • Hardcover: 973 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (July 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067960166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679601661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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This book was a hard read BUT it was written by one of the best there is.
Renee' Wilson
We can read the critics and followers, yet sometimes we just have to go back to Freud's actual work.
Nikolas Adamsson
He is a very good, fluid writer and keeps it in-depth, but simple enough to grasp.
M. Ivey

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent work for Freud enthusiasts. The work discusses the theoretical underpinnings for behavioral characteristics popularized by Freud. For instance, the proclivity to forget is related to a personal motivation to
suppress unpleasant memories. Dreams tend to depict unfulfilled wishes. Pain and disgust are more frequent aspects of dreams than pure pleasure. The author explains how childhood experiences both good and bad may resurface in our dreams. Our memory can be challenged to recall things long dormant. Night hallucinations can be due to perceived rejected sexual impulses.
Freud explains how seemingly contradictory thoughts can coexist side by side. The concept of psychological tension may be related to a displeasure or aversion. Freud discussed sexuality.
For instance, he noted that bisexual tendencies could be interpreted within the context of a female brain in a male body.
The book brings out many aspects of human behavior that we rarely dwell on consciously. It is perfect for a class project in
science, psychology or medicine. Freud's theories tend to be very
complex. This work reduces some of the deepest complexities to
simple English.Finally, the book helps us to understand the dynamics of why we behave as we do. This book explains important strategies to the classic flight/fight phenomena and accomodative
strategies aimed at reducing behavioral tensions/conflicts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nikolas Adamsson on March 7, 2006
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The Brill translation of the basic early writings of Sigmund Freud, although arguably not the most accurate translation, provides a good introduction to Freud's early work. We can read the critics and followers, yet sometimes we just have to go back to Freud's actual work. I keep my copy handy for reference and review.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA on May 27, 2000
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....of some of Freud's basic writings. Included here are writings from THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF EVERYDAY LIFE, THREE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF SEX, WIT AND ITS RELATION TO THE UNCONSCIOUS, TOTEM AND TABOO, THE HISTORY OF THE PSYCHOANALYTIC MOVEMENT. Also included is a fine introduction by translator A. A. Brill, who explains that the selections are intended to give the reader a feel for Freud's thought, especially with regard to wit, dreams, and the unconscious.
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Great reading and reference for a psychology fan! I intend to use this as a reference book in my classroom.
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This book gave you a glimpse of the mind of Freud, contradictory, compelling,
and a wonderful read. I would not hesitate to buy this.
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By M. Ivey on June 30, 2012
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Pretty new to psychology, and I was afraid Freud would be very literary and technical, but I was pleasantly surprised. He is a very good, fluid writer and keeps it in-depth, but simple enough to grasp. The "Dreams" section is by far my favorite.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wilson Trivino on December 18, 2012
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The father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud revolutionized the way in which patients were treated with psychological issues. In this book The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud the ideas that were used for the basis of his thinking are spelled.
The book is subdivided by a synopsis of the book's content and then chapter by chapter the books of Psychopathology of Everyday Life, the Interpretation of dreams, three contributions to the theory of sex, with and its relations to the unconscious, totem and taboo, and the history of the psychoanalytical movement.
The book has a fascinating chapter on dreams and delving into their inner meanings. A good over view of the ideas from the father of psychiatry.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TD on November 28, 2012
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As someone with an interest in psychology purely as a hobby, I found this compilation a great start to tapping into Freud's musings. The book has an old-school feel to it, as the type-face looks typewriter-like and the book's hard cover looks like a remnant from earlier days. The font is rather small, but the writing is great, and has challenged a psychological newbie such as myself. The translation appears very good, as everything is clearly worded, while truly carrying a personal tone.
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