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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099483645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099483649
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,219 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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"He was possessed of exceptional literary gifts. There can be no question that he was a great writer: to read him is to be beguiled by him... his influence on all of us was enormous, and it would be as impossible to return to a pre-Freudian way of thinking as to return to a pre-heliocentric theory of the solar system" (The Times)

"The great founder of psychoanalysis" (The Times)

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The definitive collection of writing from the great founder of psycho-analysis.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gareth on 11 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for early students of Psychoanalysis. Everything important and of value is in here, all Freud's major topics and theories plus sections written by Anna Freud. I loved how concise it was and its jammed with all his most relevent works such as "Three essays on sexuality", " The Id , Ego & Superego" and " The psychopathology of everyday life". It's like a one-stop condensed version of the 24 volumes of standard edition. If your not sure what Freud book to buy this is a sure winner for familiarizing oneself with his theories.
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What a load of waffle. You can read about 30 pages at a time and wonder what has even been said. In the chapter about dreams he firstly waffles on about different people's interpretations of dreams, then some waffle about the different types of sleep people have, then some waffle about one of his own dreams. No points were even made.

If you want to read something interesting I would suggest the Tavistock clinic collection.
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By ngw on 7 Oct 2013
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Very interesting concepts, nicely written, a bit difficuot to understand in places due to the complicated nature of the subject and words used/translation. High recommended.
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