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The Beginner Books -- "Their cartoon format and irreverent wit make difficult ideas accessible and entertaining." -- Newsday
Everything you need to know about neurosis, libido, ego, and id -- but somehow it slipped your mind.
Freud for Beginners is a perfect introduction to the life and thought of the man whose discovery of psychoanalysis revolutionized our attitudes towards mental illness, religion, sex, and culture. This documentary cartoon book plunges us into the world of late-nineteenth-century Vienna in which Freud grew up. We explore his early background in science, his work as a therapist, his encounter with cocaine, and his theories on the unconscious, dreams, the Oedipus Complex, and sexuality.
We meet his family, his friend and enemies, and his patients -- The Rat Man, Anna O., Little Hans -- and we get an insider's view as the psychoanalytic movement is launched. The zany art and probing text do an extraordinary job of simplifying Freud without trivializing him.

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Argentinean artist Oscar Zarate is the illustrator of Freud for Beginners and Lenin for Beginners.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (July 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037571460X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375714603
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Benjamin Lukoff VINE VOICE on August 15, 1999
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(See page 79 for explanation and a very funny illustration of the second stage of psychosexual development). This book, in addition to being very informative, is also incredibly funny. Very well written and drawn; though in the form of a comic book, it is nevertheless a splendid introduction to Freud's life and work. The author and illustrator are quite witty as well as knowledgeable, and in this book they have succeeded at what should be the goal of all beginners' book writers: piqued my interest in the subject and made me want to learn more. Would be a great supplementary text in a course on Freud or on psychology/psychoanalysis in general. Highly recommended!
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Freud went to medical school in Vienna to become a scientist, not a doctor. While there, Ernst Brucke invented the notion of "mechanism" as an experimental way of investigating life through chemistry and physics, rather than as "vital forces" (that supposedly exchanged energy between living and non-living matter). Brucke had concluded alternatively that all animal nervous systems were made up of the same basic stuff, and differed only in complexity.

After spending 19 weeks in Paris with renown French neurologist, Jean Martin Charcot (another "mechanist"), Freud learned that hysteria was not just a disease of women's sex organs, but instead -- since it could be induced by hypnosis -- was a disturbance of the mind, by sexual ideas. And thus was a neurosis of both sexes.

Once back in Vienna, Freud had learned from a friend, Josef Breuer, about an interesting case of hysteria by Anna O, a 21-year old woman having hallucinations as she tried to care for her dying father. After he died the hallucinations became more violent and were accompanied by mumbled words. Breuer repeated them back to her to get her to tell him about her hallucinations. This made her feel better even though it did not cure her.

Freud and Breuer published their joint results of the Anna O. case: Hysterics suffer from traumatic memories -- psychic agents that can directly influence the body physically. These memories remain an active part of the unconscious, motivating behavior even when they are repressed. The hysterical symptoms, for instance, are just the alternative channel of expression due to the "blockage" caused by the repression. Unblocking the memories relieves the symptoms of the hysteria. Thus hysteria is a defense against unpleasant ideas.
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The 'For Beginners' series has multiple authors/illustrators, and can be variable in the quality, clarity, and in-depth analysis of its subject matter. I have a few other installments in this series, such as the title 'Einstein For Beginners', 'Karl Marx For Beginners', and 'Existentialism For Beginners', and all of these have been excellent, in both text and illustrations. Therefore, the expectations bar had been set fairly high, and fortunately in reading others' reviews of various 'For Beginners' titles, I have a more realistic expectation now, and this particular title is not on a par with the aforementioned ones. It does not do justice to such a great thinker as Freud, and descends into the lurid and sensational in its explication of his theories instead of presenting them in a respectful and balanced manner. A missed opportunity on a massive scale.
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By Chk on January 19, 2013
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This goes a bit past 'comic book' fare but doesn't deeply adrress the whole of subject's work. It will give you a good start on a more in depth study of Freud. This whole series is that way, presenting sometimes complex subjects in an easy to understand way. I bought a couple of these (Trotsky and Capitalism, I think) years ago when I was in college. They are humorous but get their point across. I think the books in the series are out of print now but often available through Amazon. Their information is factual and I still pick one up every now and then.
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I got this book for my daughter, who had developed an interest in Freud from a high school psychology class. In her words, it's "really good!" With engaging illustrations, it covers all the basic Freudian concepts and the development of Freud's thought in a clear and comprehensive way, and also contains helpful suggestions for further reading. Don't let the "comic book" style put you off -- this volume is a serious introduction Freud's work.
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Top notch. I'm versed in Freud, and I find this a compelling read on its own. The pics and text cross reference each other at odd, interesting points, suggesting highly competent author-illustrator partnership. It's really fantastic. When I have kids (late-teens) in my class who poo-poo Freud because the only thing they have ever heard is the term "penis envy", I toss this book their way and encourage them to absorb what Freud's who project was before judging it on its parts. Super great, accessible, etc.
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The 'xxx for beginners' are marvellous not just because they give you a valuable grounding in forbidding subjects, allowing you to approach primary texts with more confidence, but because they are so entertaining, even in subjects you have little interest in. Though this book is a much-needed introduction to and exposition of Freud's basic theories, making you feel clever as you join the dots you always knew were there but for the intimidating jargon, the real joy is in the irreverent presentation, especially the illustrations. These are full of in-jokes about Freud's life and times which are not always treated explicitely in the text, as well as being technically expert, imaginative and, sometimes, bracingly shocking. So while it is pleasing, in these anti-Freudian times, to be reminded of the man's incalculable importance and influence, the illustrations offer an in-built critique that puts everything in perspective. Great fun.
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