Sigmund Freud is rightly called the godfather of psychoanalysis. He forever changed the way we view ourselves and developed our understanding of human nature. His concepts have become part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. He dared to try new methods and treatments. Everyone knows the term Freudian slip and has a basic understanding of his theories, however, Freud gave us a great deal more. From education to critical theory he changed the way we think. His ideas and clinical practices offer psychological insights that bring help and healing. Freud's work has suffused contemporary Western thought and popular culture.
About the Author
Alistair Ross is a psychodynamic therapist who spent years as a minister of religion (Baptist) and now works as Director of Psychodynamic Studies at Oxford University. He is Chair of Professional Ethics and Quality Standards for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Table of Contents
1 Early Years, Adolescence and University (1856-75) 17
2 Research, Medicine and Marriage (1876-86) 29
3 Hysteria and the Discovery of Psychoanalytic Technique (1887-95) 39
4 Death and Dreams - The Birth of Psychoanalysis (1896-1903) 51
5 The Psychoanalytic Movement - Theories and Followers (1904-13) 59
6 A World at War - Outside and Inside Psychoanalysis (1914-19) 71
7 Endings and New Beginnings - Cancer and Anna (1920-29) 79
8 Nazism, Moses, London and Death (1930-39) 93
9 Freud's Legacy 107
Further Reading 126