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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life: Forgetting, Slips of the Tongue, Bungled Actions, Superstitions and Errors by [Freud, Sigmund]
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Along with the Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, the present text remains one of Freud's most widely read. It is filled with anecdotes, many of them quite amusing, and virtually bereft of difficult technical terminology. And Freud put himself on the line: numerous acts of willful forgetting or 'inexplicable' mistakes are recounted from his personal experience. None of such actions can be called truly accidental, or uncaused: that is the real lesson of the Psychopathology.

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian-born psychiatrist and pioneering founder of psychoanalysis, wrote several significant works, among them The Interpretation of Dreams, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, and The Ego and the Id.


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This is a fascinating book. Freud talks about how the mistakes we make give clues about our subconscious thoughts and motives; he describes the different types of errors we make and what they say about us, giving many interesting examples of each type, including slips of the tongue and forgetting. It is written in a simple style, and the use of examples really helps get the point across- overall a great book
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The inconsequential events of everyday life - forgetting names, accidents, slips of the tongue - are given Freud's psychoanalytic treatment in this volume. Freud displays his interpretive genius here more than in any other of his works (even more so than in his 'Interpretation of Dreams', the book most revered by Freud himself and his orthodox followers). Showing a keen eye for spotting the pervasive influence of the omnipotent unconcious, Freud gathers examples from his life (which are of endless fascination with those interested in his life as well as his theories) and in literature in which repressed unconcious desires find expression in the contrivences of everyday life. This book remains for me possibly the most concise, thorough and easy-going introduction to the writings of Sigmund Freud.
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Freud was such a great pioneer; scientific in spirit and so wonderfully observant of human nature. His self-reflections alone are worthy of praise and respect. And, despite many of his over-arching theories being now superseded by more advanced and accurate psycho-dynamic formulations (of: Bollas; Guntrip; Horney; etc) his observations of the machinations of the personal unconscious are still decidedly relevant. Para-praxis - slips of the tongue and mind, forgetting, bungled actions, etc., - are things we all do and will continue to do as well as continue to learn about ourselves and our patients. A work of such notable standing, it should be naturally residing on the shelves of every psychotherapist. As a guide to practitioners who wish to pursue the continuous mysteries of their own unconscious, too, it is worth it. As a further helpful guide to enhancing the range of the "third ear", a necessary companion. Richard Swatton
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I had to read this book as it is required reading of the hypnotherapy course that I am following. Had I not been forced to read it I would not have got past the first chapter. Freud gives seemingly endless examples of how slips of the tongue, pen, etc. reveal our inner thoughts and desires. Perhaps these were interesting and amusing a hundred years ago, but I found them exceedingly tiresome. To give one example of each type of parapraxis would have been sufficient, but Freud gives many of each and then goes into an extremely detailed explanation of what he believes was the motive behind the slip.
Personally I found some of the explanations to be contrived and all it proved to me was that if you look hard enough and long enough for a hidden motive you will find one. What Freud seemed incapable of accepting was that we are fallible and sometimes we simply make mistakes, or have a failure of memory, without any hidden motive.
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excellent book and easy to understand the subject and can help self or others. great value for money. i would recommend this book for reading .
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The book is what it is. A good account of what I needed for study. I shall use this as a referrence/guide for my work.
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The quality of leafs of the book is horrible..I feel so regretful because of purchising this product :(
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A very interesting read and a great introduction to Freudian ways.
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