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Freud: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Freud: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Storr
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"Invaluable to the novice approaching Freud's works for the first time....As an evaluation of Freud's theory, Storr's book is concise and up-to-date....An important addition to any library collection."--Choice

"Storr's brief, elegant, and interesting book coolly surveys what we might term the house of Freud and finds almost everything flawed...yet he does not dispute that the builder of the shaky house was a genius."--D.M. Thomas, The Observer

"A model exercise in synthesis."--The Independent

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves. From its beginnings as a theory of neurosis, Freud developed psycho-analysis into a general psychology which became widely accepted as the predominant mode of discussing personality and interpersonal relationships.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice introduction 6 Feb 2004
The Oxford University Press 'A very short introduction to...' books are generally very good, and this is certainly no exception.
As with the others, it is not insulting to one's intelligence (An idiot's guide to...), doesn't assume that you can't understand anything more complicated than a cartoon (Introducing...), and still imparts a good basic knowledge of the man and his work.
There's no way that this book would be enough to understand everything, and certainly doesn't replace reading actual works, but it arms you with more than enough knowledge for everyday conversations.
The writing style is quite nice, and fairly easy to read, and a good degree of objectivity is shown throughout - in no way is this a homage to Freud.
Personally, I think that if you wish to gain a good understanding of basic worldly knowledge, this series of books is an excellent place to start, and your understanding of psychoanalysis, not just Freud, will be enhanced through this book.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best introduction to freud available 11 Dec 2001
By Dr. Matthew Broome VINE VOICE
I think i first read this book in its prior incarnation as an oxford Past Master almost 10 years ago, whilst a medical student. Now as a practicing psychiatrist I still return to it again and again. Storr is a very elegant writer and was an excellent clinical psychiatrist and psychotherapist - this work demonstrates these attributes and is additionally the most concise and thorough introduction to Freud I know. I still recommend it to psychiatrists and medical students.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction 5 Mar 2004
I have been disappointed by other books in this series. Despite being a big Germaine Greer fan, I felt her introduction to Shakespeare lacked focus and was, frankly, boring.
But "Freud" was a definite exception. It engaged me right from the beginning and was pitched at exactly the right level - not too complex but not patronising either. As others have commented, Storr's style is elegent and carries you through the harder sections. I felt his opinions were balanced well. All too often people are either unquestioningly enthusiastic about Freud or completely write off all his ideas as worthless nonsense.
I did think the book lost its way slightly in the chapters on art and culture, but I think that was partly because I was less interested in those topics. The book acheives its aim to provide a solid but brief introduction. I am looking forward to moving on to a slightly more in-depth study.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain food! 24 Aug 2010
Once opened, can't be put down. If you are not broad minded, this book is not for you. I find Freud's views fascinating and this little guide is so full of knowledge it is a must have for those wanting to expand their mind.
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By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Anthony Storr's books always offer humane and down to earth accounts of human psychology from a psychoanalytical viewpoint, in the broadest sense. His books on creativity, music, solitude and gurus are remain excellent places to acquaint oneself with various theories of human nature.

This book on Freud is no exception, and will not disappoint, giving a wonderfully concise overview of his achievement. Freud's view of the unconscious and sexuality, his ideas such as the superego, id as well as the Oedipus complex are all discussed here, and critically assessed. It also summarises Freud's ideas on culture, jokes and anthropology and explains their influence.

Storr always was a qualified admirer of Freud, having trained in the Jungian tradition. Hence he is not frightened to be critical. But at the same time he also conveys what was important and great about this great thinker.

Having recently needed to an essay of psycho-dynamic ideas, this short book also provided an excellent reference point from which to navigate myself around Freud's thinking. My one criticism is referencing of quotations. It would have more been useful to know that one was lifted from say "The Interpretation of Dreams" rather than volume "x" of the "Standard Edition" which students are less likely to have access to.

That apart, this is remains of the best introductions to Freud anywhere with some interesting photographs together with the text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good intro 18 April 2012
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Very good, leads you through freud without being patronising. Maybea little too dry for some who just want the very basics of freud. But otherwise a very good introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant short introduction 27 Mar 2011
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I found this book illuminating and like a lot of the masters of the past we can see that Freud's lessons have still not been learned and to a large extent are either ignored or forgotten. a must read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great summary 24 Aug 2013
By niloo
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Concise and clear,although at times some of the author's personal judgements were apparent. It is not necessarily bad to be familiar with alternative opinions around freud's works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Freud.
I bought this to help me gain an understanding of Freud's work. Anthony Storr is a wonderful writer. His overview and clear explanations really helped me get to grips with Freud.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. M. L. I. Hinshelwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Best uni texts around
a short introductions are brilliant for any uni student, does take much to read it and brilliant signposting so you can flit to whatever is relevant to your assignment or... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sugra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
A simple introduction to Freud the person and his beliefs. I would recommend as a background introduction to form a basic understanding of him.
Published 18 months ago by L. garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars good
a brief concise book, i got it for university and sold it when i was finished. a nice book that is informative.
Published 21 months ago by hussain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a perfect companion for all those studying Freud. Short, concise and pertinent....strongly recommended for anybody who needs to grasp Freud' relevance quickly.
Published 23 months ago by s
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction
I found this book to be a superb introduction not just to Freud but to the core concepts of psychoanalysis as a whole. Read more
Published on 30 July 2012 by Pete
3.0 out of 5 stars Fraud?
This is a pretty clear and balanced account of Freud and his work.

Psychoanalysis has conquered the world, (if you can afford it) but as Popper (in my view) rightly... Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by opus
4.0 out of 5 stars A concise and constructively critical introduction.
Unlike some of Storr's other works this book is friendly to read and gives a clear and concise critical introduction to Freud. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by A Counsellor
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !!
Freud: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Love these small introductory books. So packed full of info and excellent for anyone wanting to learn a new subject. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by lynne
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