Freud--The Key Ideas: A Teach Yourself Guide

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Freud - The Key Ideas will give you everything you need to get to grips with the life and work of Sigmund Freud, one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. With clear explanations and real-life examples drawn from Freud's own cases, you will soon have a solid understanding of the main concepts, from psychosexual development to dream analysis.

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Overview

Freud - The Key Ideas will give you everything you need to get to grips with the life and work of Sigmund Freud, one of the twentieth century's most influential thinkers. With clear explanations and real-life examples drawn from Freud's own cases, you will soon have a solid understanding of the main concepts, from psychosexual development to dream analysis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071740029
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Series: Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,385,777
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Snowden first became interested in the works of Freud while studying for her BSc degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham. She went on to set up a complementary therapy practice offering personal development. In 1998, her first book, Working with Dreams, was published, her research for which led her back into the realms of Freud. She currently is a full-time writer.

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Table of Contents

Meet the author viii

Only got a minute? x

Only got five minutes? xii

Only got ten minutes? xvi

Introduction xxii

1 Freud's life and career 1

Freud's early life 1

Vienna and the society in which Freud lived 4

A brief outline of Freud's career 5

Freud's private life and personality 10

2 Freud's early work 17

Freud's medical training 17

Scientific research 19

Hysteria and hypnosis 20

Nineteenth-century scientific and moral thinking 25

Freud's first ideas about the unconscious 29

3 The beginnings of psychoanalysis 36

The crucial decade 36

The repression of sexual ideas 37

The seduction theory 38

The pressure technique 40

The free-association technique 41

Transference 42

Freud's self-analysis 44

The analysis of Dora 47

4 The interpretation of dreams 52

Why dreams are important in psychoanalysis 52

Dreams as wish fulfilment 55

Dream mechanisms 58

Methods of dream interpretation 63

Freudian symbols 65

Origins of dreams 67

5 Exploring the unconscious 70

The divisions of the mind 70

The theory of the unconscious 72

The pleasure principle and the reality principle 75

Parapraxis, the famous Freudian slip 78

Jokes and the unconscious 84

6 Sexual theories 88

Freud attacks current thinking 88

Sexual deviations 91

Infantile sexuality 96

The struggles of puberty 99

7 Going back to childhood 106

Psychosexual development 106

Infantile amnesia 108

The oral stage 111

The anal stage 112

The phallic stage 115

The Oedipus complex 116

The latency stage 120

The genital stage 121

8 Seeking an adult identity 124

Freud's new model of the mind 124

The id 126

The ego 127

The super-ego 128

Anxiety 131

Defence mechanisms 132

Narcissism 139

Mourning and melancholia 140

Instincts 141

Eros and Thanatos 142

Character 144

9 Freud and society 147

Civilization 147

Religion 149

Thoughts about war 155

Art and literature 157

10 Psychoanalysis 163

The process of psychoanalysis 163

Some of Freud's own cases 165

Early beginnings of the psychoanalytic movement 169

Rifts in the psychoanalytic movement 171

Some famous followers of Freud 175

Psychoanalysis today 180

Glossary 186

Taking it further 192

Timeline of important events in Freud's life 192

Places to visit 194

A list of Freud's most important works 195

Further reading 195

Useful websites 199

Index 200

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