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In Basic Freud, noted psychologist Michael Kahn shows that, even in the age of psychopharmaceuticals and cognitive therapy, Freud's insights into the unconscious remain unsurpassed tools for understanding our behaviors, motivations, and emotions. In a style accessible to any lay reader or beginning student in psychology, 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....

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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 insights into the unconscious remain unsurpassed tools for understanding our behaviors, motivations, and emotions. In a style accessible to any lay reader or beginning student in psychology, 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. He also presents case studies from his own work as a psychotherapist to show how Freudian thought has been instrumental in helping patients discover who they are and escape from destructive patterns. Readers aware of Freud's ideas and those discovering them for the first time will benefit from Kahn's fresh, informed, and unpretentious approach.

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Clinical psychologist Kahn (emeritus, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz) believes that psychoanalytic theory is sound despite some flaws. Here he aims to introduce Freud to college-level students, therapists-to-be, and general readers, using a conversational style and brief case examples from his practice. Kahn covers all the usual suspects: the unconscious, psychosexual development, the Oedipus complex, the repetition compulsion, anxiety, defense mechanisms, guilt, dreams, grief, and transference. He also introduces the post-Freudian Heinz Kohut and, in doing so, shows himself to be an empathic, humane therapist. Some of the cases seem too pat, and Kahn's defense of the Oedipus complex includes the dubious Freudian claim that those who don't agree with it are too threatened to admit the truth. Still, this is a good book for academic and public libraries that complements Pamela Thurschwell's Sigmund Freud (LJ 11/15/00), which is for literary or general audiences, and Elio Frattaroli's trailblazing Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain (LJ 8/01). E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Kahn (emeritus, U. of California) draws on case studies from his own clinical practice to promote Freudian psychoanalysis as a proper tool for psychologists. In chapters devoted to particular Freudian concepts, he discusses the unconscious, sexual development and the Oedipus complex, the repetition complex, anxiety, guilt, and defense mechanisms. While acknowledging flaws in Freud's work, he believes the above concepts still offer powerful explanatory tools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465037155
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/26/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Unconscious 15
3 Psychosexual Development 35
4 The Oedipus Complex 55
5 The Repetition Compulsion 93
6 Anxiety 105
7 The Defense Mechanisms 121
8 Guilt 137
9 Dreams 155
10 Grief and Mourning 171
11 Transference 181
12 Conclusion 201
Notes 207
Bibliography 215
Index 219
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