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In 1915 at the University of Vienna 60-year-old Sigmund Freud delivered these lectures on psychoanalysis, pointing to the interplay of unconscious and conscious forces within individual psyches.
In reasoned progression he outlined core psychoanalytic concepts, such as repression, free association and libido. Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only one was authorized by Freud himself: The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud under the general editorship of James Strachey. Freud approved the overall editorial plan, specific renderings of key words and phrases, and the addition of valuable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. Many of the translations were done by Strachey himself; the rest were prepared under his supervision. The result was to place the Standard Edition in a position of unquestioned supremacy over all other existing versions. Newly designed in a uniform format, each new paperback in the Standard Edition opens with a biographical essay on Freud's life and work —along with a note on the individual volume—by Peter Gay, Sterling Professor of History at Yale.
Posted March 13, 2003
This is a classic. A good book to start with if you want to learn about Freud Psychology. You should first read an outline of his ideas in another book, just to understand the main ideas he talks about. But after that, this will really be a good introduction to psychoanalysis. He is very descriptive and dissects his argument into the smallest of details. You cannot just 'read' this book, you have to have a pen and paper on the side to review what you read every two-three pages. You will learn everyhting there is to know about: slips, dreams and neuroses. But even when he is analyzing slips, you get an insight into the whole human psyche. A great book, but have patience reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.