on 10 November 2015
Unlike Carl Gustav Jung, Freud could write and he enjoyed writing. This much is apparent in all his works; he had no interest in impressing with jargon or scientific terminology, he lectured and wrote for everyone. He leads us from slips of the tongue through the Oedipus Complex to his theories on dreams and even to psychosis with the ease of a teacher explaining the alphabet. What’s more it is hardly surprising he had problems with transference because he carries you away with his enthusiasm until you identify with him and even take his side. He is a literary charmer, seductive and persuasive. Nowadays, many of his theories have been discarded but not necessarily debunked: we have gone on to scientific rationalisation and Pavlov’s dogs heralded a new age of dogma based on empirical knowledge and concrete theory. But many psychoanalysts still return to the master’s original work and his sway has never really disappeared. Reading this book you will come away with the notion that you have understood a great deal of Freudian theory with the least effort. And you will have done so.
on 26 April 2014
This is an enjoyable read for those eager to learn about Psychoanalysis. Freud writes it in an approachable way, making it accessible to those first getting introduced to psychoanalysis, but still providing all the knowledge and detail you'd expect from a scholarly book or article.
Well worth a read.
on 7 April 2011
This book is a series of transcripts of lectures given by Freud during the first World War and summarises his research, experience and beliefs up to that point in his career.
I found the book hard going. Part of the problem no doubt is that language has developed since that time and so some of the wording and phrasing is unfamiliar. Part of the problem is also that Freud never seems to use one word when a hundred will do. Sometimes I read a paragraph and felt that it could have been summed up in a sentence. The fact that it has been translated from German does not help - especially in the sections dealing with 'slips of the tongue' where the translation makes it difficult to see how two words could have been mixed up.
Although this is a small paperback, the print is small so there is great deal of information to get through.
For people interested in Freud or psychotherapy it might be worth the effort to plough throught it although I would have thought time would be better spent reading an updated summary of Freud's thoughts and theories.
Although the field of psychology owes much to Freud, the reader should bear in mind that many of his ideas and theories have been challenged by later research and so care should be taken to not regard this work as any sort of gospel about psychology.