- Series: Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; The Standard Edition edition (September 17, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393001512
- ISBN-13: 978-0393001518
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 100 customer reviews
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An Outline of Psycho-Analysis (The Standard Edition) (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud) Paperback – September 17, 1989
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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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Most useful is the introduction by Peter Gay. The translation is not new, by James Strachey. New to this edition is an editorial note by Masud R. Khan. Editor's Note is unsigned. Gay's introduction is very useful, especially at its last pages, where he discusses About this book.
Freud has a Preface, very short, where he states his purpose. It is rather defensive on how he arrived at his judgments. In the main text he rebuts his critics on several occasions.
There is no need to go through all his arguments -- that would take too long. He defines and describes his various concepts as positive scientific conclusions, assuming what he found is universally applicable. He discusses instincts, who, id, sex function, consciousness, preconscious, psychical process, and much else. He spends much time on psychosis and the meaning of dreams, also infantile sexuality, incest, repression, and so forth.
There are people who say you have to love Freud. No one has to love Freud, especially as he has long been discredited by many others. I suppose this book served as an introduction to his ideas, for that it was probably why it was assigned to this class on the nature of man. Freud is defensive in his tone, yet dogmatic in other passages. I tend to disagree with his conclusions, as persons from different races and cultures would not have the same psychological apparatus that Freud thinks is universal. He is also a male chauvinist in his belief that women will defer to male authority. In this day and age that does not happen.
Though a famous, unfinished work, I found it irritating and give it only two stars. Other psychiatrists in more recent decades have supplanted his ideas with other theories.
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I didn't finish the book to the end, but got a good ways through it before deciding it wasn't for me. It would likely be better for students or more advanced readers.