Basic Freud: Psychoanalytic Thought for the 21st Century

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Overview


In Basic Freud, noted psychologist Michael Kahn shows that even in the age of psychopharmaceuticals and cognitive therapy, Freud's major insights into the unconscious remain unsurpassed tools for understanding our behaviors, motivations, and emotions. Kahn presents key ideas such as the Oedipus complex, the repetition compulsion, guilt, anxiety, and defense mechanisms, along with recent research that has supported or expanded Freud's findings. Kahn also presents real case studies from his own work as a psychotherapist to show how Freudian thought has been instrumental in helping his clients discover who they are and escape from destructive patterns. Lay readers and professional psychotherapists alike will benefit from Kahn's fresh, informed, and unpretentious approach.
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Editorial Reviews

Leo Goldberger
A well-written, accessible, and richly anecdotal introduction to Freudian and post-Freudian thinking.... A very desirable alternative to older books about psychoanalysis.
—Leo Goldberger, Professor of Psychology, New York University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465037162
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/27/2002
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 397,572
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Kahn, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is also director of a counseling center at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he trains psychotherapists. He is the author of The Tao of Conversation and Between Therapist and Client. He lives in Mill Valley, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Excellent book

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in psychoanalytic thought. This book has completely influenced me to become a phychologist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    Rich with information and case histories

    This book was very enjoyable for me. The author gives many real examples from his own experience with patients to amplify the text. It's definitely a good start if you're interested in undoing the shackles, the knowledge, experience, and observations from childhood, that hold you down and run your life. With the insights provided by this book, and the motivation for positive change, a dismantling of your personality may take place. Recommended to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Hi

    Hi I am a 15 year old high school student and I read this book for fun during the summer and Ienjoyed this book very much, it really made me think about how the human brian works and began to give me interest in this subject, very good read.

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