- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; First Edition edition (26 Oct. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415107393
- ISBN-13: 978-0415107396
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice Paperback – 26 Oct 1995
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Throughout they give a measured, critical appraisal of psychoanalytic thought and practice; both its strengths and weaknesses ... I found it an extremely helpful exposition of what analysts now think, why they think it, and what they now do as a result. - British Association of Counselling Practice
This extensively researched and usefully referenced book deserves the place it aspires to as an introductory text. - International Journal of Psycho-analysis
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The book does little to contradict the popular stereotype of a psychoanalyst as a beard-stroking, bespectacled oddity and much of the work seems esoteric and abstruse; long words are used where short words would suffice. With a good dictionary and a bit of lateral thinking you can figure your way through most of what's being said, but for 16 quid and a title with the word "introduction" in it, I honestly expected something more in the style of the many comprehensive and unconfusing introductions you get to other fields, say Nagel's "What does it all mean?" or Warburton's "Basics" on Philosophy.
The clinical portraits are entertaining, but I shut the book not much wiser than when I opened it. Maybe it's the field which is to blame and not the authors.
When the finest quotations of the greatest post-Freud psychoanalysts are gems like "Breast=Penis" you kind of get the feeling that psychoanalysts don't get out much.
It's interesting, but it doesn't make it easy for you. Maybe I'll just have to swallow my pride and buy those less-serious-looking comic-book styley introduction to Freud & Jung books if I want "illumination".
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