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New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud) [Paperback]

Sigmund Freud , James Strachey , Peter Gay
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14 Feb 1995 Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
Patterned on his eminently successful "Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, " Freud's "New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis" takes full account of his elaborations in, and changes of mind about, psychoanalytic theory, and discusses a variety of central and controversial themes, including anxiety, the drives, occultism, female sexuality, and the question of a "Weltanschauung." It serves as an indispensable companion to the "Introductory Lectures."

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (14 Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039300743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393007435
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,005 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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Ladies and Gentlemen,-If, after an interval of more than fifteen years, I have brought you together again to discuss with you what novelties, and what improvements it may be, the intervening time has introduced into psycho-analysis, it is right and fitting from more than one point of view that we should turn our attention first to the position of the theory of dreams. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars book 14 Mar 2013
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this book had someone else's markings and notes in the text which could have been a little off putting but the chapter I bought it for was unmarked so all is good. it said it was used so you take the gamble
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5.0 out of 5 stars best intro to the thought of a great humanist 24 Jun 2011
By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Here you can witness Freud not as the straw man stereotype that so many despise but as a warm, humorous man with a great deal of vision. The man you encounter in this book is so different from what you would expect that I warmly recommend this to anyone with an inquiring mind.

He was a genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a spotty but valuable supplement to the general introduction 9 Mar 2005
By Phil Myers - Published on Amazon.com
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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By Steven H. Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent volume near the end of Freud's career 31 Mar 2013
By Anthony Marinelli - Published on Amazon.com
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..

On p 59 "mental patients are split and broken. He then discusses phenomenon and the philosopher Kant who has had a large influence on his work not only his science but morals. He states "the conscience within us with the starry heaven"(p 60; see Kant's critique of pure reason). There are also discussions on attachment identity and sex which was preceded by Kant. HIs psychology is a metapsychology as distinct from materialistic sciences and philosophies not only communism, but also much traditional analyses in traditional sciences, and the way he utilized discusions such as alienation he uses the word in a different sense and the discussion is centereed in a different way than a communist or a sociologist or mental health person may use it (may, everyone is different, but the professions may have a code they are bound by, I dont know). His famous saying on p 80 "where id was ego shall be." Thats his morals. Making the person less sensual and more idea oriented and focused, and encouraging desexualization. In terms of the ego being increased and the id decreased as a quanta of energy(an analogy he makes). He also mentions the work of Schopenhauer..in terms of the way society is..will, strong individuals, dominating, mastery,..the list goes on? Then he sais "eat or be eaten"..you may disagree and he ends on destruction and how it often remains interiorized and finds an outlet in an acceptable way which may be pathological and the perpetrator may even have a functional role as some authority. THere is a long discussion on femininity and his discussion ends with finding a unique development not so much marked by malles or even other females or society and nowadays we call this autonomous..which is an idea taken up in a different way and you may become religious or philosophical or form friendships but its first from detaching all and then reconstructing..a high IQ and strong transpersonal development and ability helps in this regard. Many have errorsa of "superimposition"(115). He discusses aggression and love appearing in a little girl within the personality and as it ages..one increases at the expense of the other and you must understand this in terms of his quanta of energy..a fixed amount of energy. There is much talk in female psychology which I would use the term modelling(which he doesnt). As a male he attempts to be sensitive, and what he really is discussing is personal education, but in the last resort everyone has the right to be what they want to be to model themselves on whom they want male or female. "If you want to know more about femininity inquire from your own experiences..turn to poets"(p 135)..in its ideal form. There is much discussion on other matters science and mental health and religion and the link each has to reality and limits. How technology makes obsessional neurotics of many..and a discussion with Einstein on war, and they have taken up positions contrary to each other with Einstein incensed at the personality profile Freud has drawn of scientists/authority and how it works in present day society which he contrasts with community and democracy. There is much more to discuss for those who like to read..regarding gun violence the ultimate decision rather than an authority should rest with the community whether we like it or not not some outside authority even in the U.S> outside the country..whether a decision is good or bad its ultimately imposed and contrary to community values..even scientific intrusions in society are not advocated but the authority of the community..right or wrong? how does this relate to superimposition? These are the contents of this volumw and much more..the final volume is a profile on MOses as a figure and nationalist hero..
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo wordy and overly intellectual 1 April 2013
By Adam K - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love Freud, you'll love this, but if you're like me, and not into that overintellectual jargon, then look for another read
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