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The Interpretation of Dreams

The Interpretation of Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Sigmund Freud
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"What a delight, then, to have a new translation of 'The Interpretation of Dreams, ' on ethat strips off the scientistic veneer and gives us a Freud who is fresh and alive.... Lovely translation."--The New York Times Book Review

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This unique edition of The Interpretation of Dreams from Dead Dodo Vintage includes the full original text as well as exclusive features not available in other editions.

The Interpretation of Dreams (German: Die Traumdeutung) is a book by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. The book introduces Freud's theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation, and also first discusses what would later become the theory of the Oedipus complex. Freud revised the book at least eight times and, in the third edition, added an extensive section which treated dream symbolism very literally, following the influence of Wilhelm Stekel. Freud said of this work, "Insight such as this falls to one's lot but once in a lifetime."

The initial print run of the book was very low — it took many years to sell out the first 600 copies. However, the work gained popularity as Freud did, and seven more editions were printed in his lifetime.

The text was translated from German into English by A. A. Brill, an American Freudian psychoanalyst, and later in an authorized translation by James Strachey, who was British. Because the book is very long and complex, Freud wrote an abridged version called On Dreams.

Dreams, in Freud's view, are all forms of "wish fulfilment" — attempts by the unconscious to resolve a conflict of some sort, whether something recent or something from the recesses of the past (later in Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Freud would discuss dreams which do not appear to be wish-fulfilment). Because the information in the unconscious is in an unruly and often disturbing form, a "censor" in the preconscious will not allow it to pass unaltered into the conscious.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1449570119
  • Publisher: Dead Dodo Vintage (2 Aug 2013)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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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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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic of scientific and literary history 27 April 1999
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Freud's investigations into the question of motivation in our lives form the basis of much of psychopathology today and this book provides a readable introduction to his theories about dreams and what they can tell us about our waking lives. Each chapter has several dreams (including Freud's own) and detailed analyses of them to demonstrate how we are more affected by thoughts and concerns than we like to admit to ourselves. Not only is it an interesting read, but it's quite accessible, the reader doesn't need to be familiar with any of Freud's more complicated concepts in order to be able to understand what he's writing about. His style is thorough and thought-provoking, even if you don't find yourself agreeing with everything he writes. It's easy to criticise his theories without knowing too much about them, so this book provides a welcome introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation 3 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Freud's seminal work 'The Interpretation of Dreams. This is probably Freud's most popular work and, if we maintain Freud's own logic that what is remembered is most important, it perhaps also his most important work. Freud presents numerous case studies of patient's dreams and takes the reader through his process of interpretation. The work not only suggests how we might interpret dreams themselves but also reveals Freud's fundamental understanding of the structure and functioning of the psyche; the primary processes of condensation, distortion, and representation and figurability as well as secondary revision. These processes not only affect dreams but all memory and experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quality was perfect 10 Feb 2014
By Meysam
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This is one of the must-read of Freud books. especially, this version because it is very easy, the paper are in semi-yellow and the book is light. you can bring it everywhere.
I received it very soon, sooner than my expectations.
This is a revolutionary book about interpretation of dream. it is very important that the language and terms are chosen in a way that everybody can read it, not just specialist in this field.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bestseller in its time - and still gripping! 12 April 2006
By A Customer
reading this volume will stir your own dreams, and make them more significant for you - Freud's journey into his own psyche is compelling reading and full of saucy and dark elements that will resonate with any reader who is honest with themselves - a bestseller once it was recognised in its time (in the first year it sold maybe 100 copies), it is strong narrative and Freud succeeds in shaping the book so we start before he recognises that dreams and their interpretation can provide insights into the human personality - a page-turner, and not technical - written early in his career, he had not developed the specialist language of his later writings. He won prizes for literature, and this is one sample of his deftness. highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freud rocks 28 Aug 2013
By fletch
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A timeless classic from a legend in psychiatry, whether you like or dislike his theories there is no denying his influence on modern psychiatry and thinking.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fundamentally challenged the view of man 26 Jan 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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As other reviewers have pointed out, some of Freud's groundbreaking theories have since been challenged, moderated, even overturned - but that doesn't render this book irrelevant to current readers and students. What is so critical about Freud is that, like Marx, he fundamentally changed the way we think about 'man' and what it means to be human.

Freud's understanding of the unconscious and particularly his work on dreams and the work they do ('dream-work') effectively rendered a person mysterious to themselves, challenging, for example, Descartes' view that the human mind - and, therefore, man him/herself - was completely knowable.

Freud, thus, has a huge impact on the way in which we think about what it means to be human, and the way in which 'humanness' is represented in, for example, art and literature.

For a scientific text this is immensely readable, even playful and mischievous in parts. We may have moved on from a literal application of Freudian theories, but this is still a ground-breaking text in the history of human thought, and one which still has implications for the way in which we think about ourselves, the products of our imaginations, and the way in which we create meaning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top 19 Feb 2014
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Top top top very interesting subject and very explanation ! No need to rate delivery as it was on my kindle !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 July 2014
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very good book, would recommend buyer to freinds
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