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Sigmund Freud
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7 Sep 2006 Penguin Modern Classics

This volume brings together Freud's main contributions to the psychology of love. His illuminating discussions of the ways in which sexuality is always psychosexuality - that there is no sexuality without fantasy, conscious or unconscious - have changed the ways we think about erotic life. In these papers Freud develops his now famous theories about the sexuality of childhood and the transgressive nature of human desire.

In the famous case study of the eighteen-year-old 'Dora', we see Freud at work, both putting into practice and testing his sexual theories that were to change the modern world.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141186030
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,982 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 was born in 1856 and died in exile in London in 1939. As a writer and doctor he remains one of the great voices of the twentieth century.

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Having shown in my Interpretation of Dreams, published in 1900, that dreams can generally be interpreted, and that once the task of interpretation has been accomplished they can be replaced by irreproachable thoughts which can be inserted at a particular place in the psychical context, in the pages below I should like to give an example of the one practical application that the art of dream-interpretation seems to permit. Read the first page
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The genius of Freud, was that he was the first to investigate how adult sexuality had its roots in childhood. This was revolutionary at the time (1905). OK, the theory, was primarily based, on his evaluation of "hysteria", a psychosomantic illness, which he became familiar with in his own psychoanalytical work, and OK, his wrapping up of the evidence into a universal theory of normal sexual development, perversion, and neurosis is untenable, but still, he conceptualised a new modern approach to sexuality, which opened up so many pathways to greater understanding. New Penguin translations of Freud's works are quite exquisite. They bring out the rich literary and artistic nature of Freud's writings and this is a superb translation of one of Freud's defining works (Theory of Sexuality).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The point of view of Freud 5 Dec 2012
By Flavio S. Bizarrias - Published on Amazon.com
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I was interested in understand the concept of love in psychology, and the vision of Freud contributed a lot to a more comprehensive landascape on the subject. It's not the end word on the understanding of love, because there's a lot of scholars that are specialists on this theme, but, it's always important to listen the remarkable researcher Freud point of view, about the fenomena that impact peoples everyday lives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting... 16 Feb 2013
By P. Millan - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got this book before yesterday and started it ASAP. I can't review the content yet and probably my argumentative description could be less than useless because I'm just a man with absolute no background on Freud's work, that is why I bought it, to expand my knowledge, until now looks interesting, but I must say that the quality of the paperback is cheap and it has not 368 pages, the book has 332 pages. Come on Penguin you could do it better...
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