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The Unconscious (Penguin Modern Classics Translated Texts) [Paperback]

Sigmund Freud
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29 Sep 2005 Penguin Modern Classics Translated Texts

One of Freud's central achievements was to demonstrate how unacceptable thoughts and feelings are repressed into the unconscious, from where they continue to exert a decisive influence over our lives.

This volume contains a key statement about evidence for the unconscious, and how it works, as well as major essays on all the fundamentals of mental functioning. Freud explores how we are torn between the pleasure principle and the reality principle, how we often find ways both to express and to deny what we most fear, and why certain men need fetishes for their sexual satisfaction. His study of our most basic drives, and how they are transformed, brilliantly illuminates the nature of sadism, masochism, exhibitionism and voyeurism.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (29 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141183888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141183886
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,714 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 most informing voices of the twentieth century.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Aug 2013
By Julie G
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I trained in a Freudian way and still found this book really interesting and very helpful so am very pleased with my purchase
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4.0 out of 5 stars surprising 31 May 2013
By AHess
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given the time of its writing, this book is still as revealing and impressive as it might have looked at the early part of 20th |Century
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hate it when Amazon ...... 18 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Advertise an e book as version of a respected published book when it is just some made for Kindle unauthorised unheard of version. The critically acclaimed New Penquin series on Freud, have an e version of this book, but this is not it and it seems that you have to go to the Penguin website to buy. WARNING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pivotal and seminal 27 May 2013
By Shaman
Format:Paperback
The book is not for EVERYONE! or at least for those who take psychoanalysis as just a book on dreams and how mind produces dreams!
If you're an undergraduate / postgraduate studying English Lit, Psychology, philosophy then this book will serve your purpose of critiquing texts and their labyrinthine hidden meanings.

If you've read Freud's other works, then this makes them stand out even brighter.
If you need to know, for instance, how reality is perceived by our sensorium, or might be curious to find out how literary works reflect and appropriate the very fundamental definition of reality, then there's a whole, unadulterated paragraph on this.
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