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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.

Peter Gay (1923―2015) was 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.
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  • Series: Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (February 17, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039300743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393007435
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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In these seven lectures, written in 1932, Freud supplements the "Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis" (also called the General Introduction to Psychoanalysis) delivered in 1915-17, with additions and amendments to his theory developed through the 1920s.

The lectures contain a clear, concise presentation of some of Freud's later theory (the super-ego, eros/thanatos, trauma). They also contain some of his most dubious constructs (the castration complex, penis-envy), and a bizzare treatment of female sexuality and super-ego formation that will seem sexist to the modern reader, if not outright misogynist. Sadly, the most controversial of these concepts are not illustrated with the kinds of clinical examples that readers of Freud will have come to expect, relish, and rely on, and thus are very difficult to come to grips with.

The remainder of the work is a rather cursory attack on various disciples and rivals, and an attempt to place psychoanalytic theory within a scientific worldview in contraposition to religion and Marxism, as well as a suprisingly credulous treatment of the occult.

For the educated layperson seeking a general familiarity with Freud, I would recommend beginning with the Introductory Lectures, and then cherrypicking lectures 31 and 32 of this work for a synopsis of later developments in the theory.
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Freud's original Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis were given in Vienna between 1915-1917. These "new lectures" were written in 1932. Freud notes in the Preface, "These new lectures, unlike the former ones, have never been delivered. My age had in the meantime absolved me from the obligation of giving expression to my membership of the University ... by giving lectures... The new lectures are by no means intended to take the place of the earlier ones... they are continuations and supplements."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"(T)he super-ego takes the place of the parental agency and observes, directs and threatens the ego in exactly the same way as earlier the parents did with the child."
"(T)he ego is the sole seat of anxiety."
"And here I should like to add that I do not think our cures can compete with those of Lourdes. There are so many more people who believe in the miracles of the Blessed Virgin than in the existence of the unconscious."
"Religion is an attempt to master the sensory world in which we are situated by means of the wishful world which we have developed within us as a result of biological and psychological necessities. But religion cannot achieve this."
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Paper quality is very low. Darker paper color with black font exhaust your eyes very soon. I bought this book with Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis and there is a huge difference of paper quality between them. Of course the content is very informative and impressive. If you are not into psychology, you will be after you read this.
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Of the 7 essays presented here, one is a pretty inconsequential recapitulation of the dream theory, one is a highly embarrassing endorsement of the veridicality of telepathy and thought-transference, one is a recapitulation of 'The Ego and the Id,' one appears to be a recapitulation of 'Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety' (though I have not read that book) and is important though a bit difficult to get through, one is a pretty complete presentation of freud's dishearteningly weird views on femininity, one is a set of pleasant musings on Adler and education and therapy, and the final is mostly a recapitulation of 'Future of an Illusion' and perhaps bits of 'Totem and Taboo'. Overall I was feeling a bit sick of Freud when I read this, as I'd just read so much else, so I'm not sure i was in the best mindset for this book. Nevertheless, I found it to be far inferior to the original 'Introductory Lectures' (which, incidentally, are certainly a Great book). Even so, this was worth reading, often enjoyable, insightful, with some great quotes—and the femininity essay is certainly worth reading for how appalling/hilarious it is. But the experienced reader of Freud might not feel they are learning all that much not covered elsewhere. i liked it, but it's probably my least-favorite Freud book so far.
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Here we are reading from the penultimate volume in Freud's collected works vol 22(24 is just an index)..and he makes a remark about those in prison institutions, conmen, and I wonder if they are more receptive to his works than anyone else? This has some relevance if we note the popular books of John Grisham whoose novels I enjoy psychiatrists often come to court saying this or that about some criminal usually based in the chicago area and the accused calls it slander and do not always accept their diagnosis? Here we have a controversial work taking up old interests such as religion and science, philosophy, mental health femininity and war and I will conclude with the recent gun controversey in america a topical issue?

When reading these books the more versed you are in philosophy the better you will understand, at an optimal level.
PP 245-46 deals with a person viewing a scene the acropolis(the author) feeling depersonalized and derealized..scenes not seeming 'real' and it may be associated with depersonalization(textbook of psychiatry 1940
listed also discusses this issue)..(fausse reconaissance, deja vu,deja reconte)..all these ideas seem relevant today.
In terms of language a cogent discussion appears on p 20"linguistic instruments..conjunctions and prepositions, conjugations..representing them,primitive language without and grammar"..then "condensed into new unities(middle age studies of universals helps him see this)transforming the thoughts into pictures. NOte primitive and thoughts into pictures like a movie..you may do this but why? On p 23 "turning abstract thoughts into visual pictures" reducing and simplifying them and yet not properly understanding them in their proper context and losing them and their reality in ways..
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