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Sigmund Freud: The Life and Legacy of History's Most Famous Psychiatrist [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

  • Includes pictures of Freud and important people and places in his life.
  • Discusses Freud's theories and criticism of them.
  • Includes some of Freud's most famous quotes and a bibliography of his major works.
  • Includes a Table of Contents.

"Only for the most select and most balanced minds does it seem possible to guard the perceived picture of external reality against the distortion to which it is otherwise subjected in its transit through the psychic individuality of the one perceiving it." - Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is known around the world as the "Father of Psychoanalysis," and for good reason. If anything, Freud's first patient was himself. A sufferer of psychosomatic symptoms, Freud diagnosed himself as having a repressed antagonism against his father. From there, Freud began to build on his now famous concepts of the unconscious, infantile sexuality and repression. And of course, there's his famous theory on the structure of the mind, which has made Id and Ego a commonly used part of the English lexicon.

In addition to all but creating a new field of science, Freud also contributed to entire industries. One of the first to try to analyze dreams, Freud's work has led patients in search of psychological explanations for various physical and mental symptoms and phenomena. The Interpretation of Dreams is Sigmund Freud's best known work, focusing on his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation. To Freud, dreams represented the unconscious attempt to fulfill some sort of wish, either by resolving a conflict or bringing certain memories to the surface.

And as a practitioner for many years, Freud wrote voluminously about his theories during the early 20th century, and his work tied in to a countless number of aspects concerning life and the mind. Whether he was analyzing why people find things funny (Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious), what causes hysteria and delusions (Delusion and Dream), death (Beyond the Pleasure Principle), and seemingly everything inbetween. As a result, Freud remains one of the most influential and famous thinkers and psychologists of the 20th century.

Sigmund Freud: The Life and Legacy of History's Most Famous Psychiatrist profiles the amazing life and works of the influential thinker, examining is theories and analyzing his lasting legacy. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Freud like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Freud's life and theories 10 Dec. 2012
By H.K
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It is well written and easy to read - its a "quick read" that can be read in a couple of hours. Astonishingly, for an e-book(!), I think it was actually devoid of typos! Its a good introduction to Freud and some of his ideas. However, there were times when it would have been great if certain ideas and topics were explored in greater detail - for example, the chapter on Freud's theories seems to skate over Freud's various theories, especially "life and death instincts" and "defence mechanisms". Nonetheless this book is a good starting point for further learning about Freud and his theories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING, VERY INTERESTING 31 July 2013
By Vickie Woodard - Published on
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I won't pretend to be an expert in psychology, though I did learn how to work with young teenagers and once stopped a fight by throwing a full glass of water on the two combatants. ( I was pregnant; it would have been stupid to get between them. Besides, I warned them I would throw water on them if they didn't stop.)
Freud worked in the mental world, not the physical world. He is credited with being the Father of Psychoanalysis, and it all started by dissecting eels, looking for testicles. Yeah, I didn't believe that the first time I read it either, though I do believe testicles do influence the way some people think.
This book will not only give you the history of Freud's family, but trace the way his thinking developed.
Would you believe he actually used and endorsed the use of cocaine in his first years of practice? Well, as I understand it he wasn't alone.
And it reminded me that thumb sucking was a sexual activity (according to Freud); that means my second child, who was born with a blister on her left thumb from sucking it in utero, was having a jolly old time in there (according to Freud). Yes, I know I said it twice. I somehow can't believe it.
She sucked her thumb till she was 2, when we told her she couldn't come out of her room to play if she was sucking her thumb. She stopped immediately. She was the only one of my three children who didn't wear braces.
But Freud also gave us the term Penis Envy. Several famous people have a few things to say about THAT.
Several of Freud's terms were on the nose, still used today. All of his research is important, either because it proves or disproves something. The terms he invented: Ego, Id, Superego, Oedipus Complex : are still in use today. His best selling book is about dream therapy. Betcha I could walk into any bookstore and pick up a dozen different books on how to interpret dreams.
His family was lucky to have people get them out of Hitler's Europe. His life ended almost as it began; I'll let you read about that- I hate spoiling endings.
But if you're interested in the development of what was then a new science, this is the book for you. Don't read it all at once. Take your time with it. And remember that this man created something remarkable over a century ago, a science with no exact answer because of the human equation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Freud S. 9 April 2013
By Veronica D. Esparza - Published on
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The book is interesting and I did learn a few more things but there has to be better books written about his life.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 15 Aug. 2014
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Pretty good springboard for future research. Gives good overview of his life and work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 Dec. 2014
By brian ellman - Published on
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exactly as advertised
I am most satisfied
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