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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (1 April 1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393001466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393001464
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,413,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in Moravia; between the ages of four and eighty-two his home was in Vienna: in 1938 Hitler's invasion of Austria forced him to seek asylum in London, where he died in the following year.

His career began with several years of brilliant work on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. He was almost thirty when, after a period of study under Charcot in Paris, his interests first turned to psychology, and another ten years of clinical work in Vienna (at first in collaboration with Breuer, an older colleague) saw the birth of his creation, psychoanalysis. This began simply as a method of treating neurotic patients by investigating their minds, but it quickly grew into an accumulation of knowledge about the workings of the mind in general, whether sick or healthy. Freud was thus able to demonstrate the normal development of the sexual instinct in childhood and, largely on the basis of an examination of dreams, arrived at his fundamental discovery of the unconscious forces that influence our everyday thoughts and actions.

Freud's life was uneventful, but his ideas have shaped not only many specialist disciplines, but the whole intellectual climate of the last half-century.

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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 is 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. He lives in New York City.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating look at Freud's early career. 21 Dec. 1999
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Almost one hundred years ago to the month (November 1899), Freud published his landmark book, "The Interpretation of Dreams," in German. The world hasn't been the same since then. No matter what you think of him (many who dislike Freud base their views on what others have said about him or done with his theories), he changed the concept of what it means to be a human being. This long essay (it runs 95 pages with index) came out in 1925, when he was at the height of his fame. It recounts the development of his career and his theories of sexual development. As such it provides an overview of the subjects for which he became famous. It isn't a personal book, concentrating on professional rather than personal associations. I would call it an intellectual memoir--but whatever you call it, it is well worth reading.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good Beginning 25 April 2008
By By George - Published on
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Am I a Freudian? Definitely not. But my life as many in the western world was and still is impacted positively by his understandings and writings.
Freud's short work"An Autobiographical Study" is a good introduction or review, either, into his, as stated in the translator's note, "professional rather than personal" history. It was penned for inclusion into a larger work setting forth the state of medicine in the early years of the century. It was subsequently reprinted with his "The Problem of Lay-Analysis". Here published separately, it includes a postscript written by Freud in 1935, four years before his death.
The type size, face and paper color of this edition make easy reading even for these old eyes of mine.
I found it a quick read, footnoted where necessary, and insightful. It is a good place to begin a study of Freud or psychoanalysis. In chronological order Freud explains the beginning and growth of the key fundamental elements of psychoanalysis and techniques of it's practice. He further shows how his understandings had become a part of many other academic disciplines and places in ordinary life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Inventor of Modern Culture 21 April 2011
By Damon G. Labarbera - Published on
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Freud's autobiography focuses more on the history of psychoanalysis than on himself. He does not divulge many day to day things. Some of the more interesting parts of the book regard his identification as a Jew, and how it liberated him from orthodoxy, made him an outsider from the start, as well as his identification more with the study of the mind as opposed to biological psychiatry itself, from the start. Also interesting is his tendency to put himself in the background--noting that the development of psychoanalysis is due to its inherent value rather than any personal attractions he might have had as a person. Freud takes obvious pride in his description of psychoanalysis from the early days to its worldwide success at the time of the writing. He also mentions in passing some of his interactions with such luminaries as William James suffering angina, Jung, Breur who continuously criticized psychoanalysis yet seemed to regard himself as an adherent, and Stanley Hall, then president of Clark who brought Freud to America. He also describes the development of his ideas, mentioning in passing such essays as "Obsessive Acts and Religious Practices" and "Wit and the relationship to the unconscious." This is a bite size book, essential for anyone interested psychoanalysis, nicely and elegantly translated from the German, and an interesting parting note from one of the most significant inventors of modern culture.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This will be a great addition to my paper that i am writing for school. The item arrived on time and in perfect condition.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
nothing I didn't already know.. 8 Feb. 2013
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I didn't look closely at what I was buying, so I bought a book telling what I already knew about Sigmund Freud. I was a Psych major in college so I already knew what this book had to say. It would be a wonderful book for first timers looking to understand Freud but for those already educated in the field, pass on this one & buy a more comprehensive book. This rating has no reflection on the sellers in any way, just the book.
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