Freud--The Key Ideas: A Teach Yourself Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-11
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill

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Get into the head of FreudReading the complete works of Sigmund Freud would take more time than most of us have to spare.Freud--the Key Ideascondenses all the information you need about the life and work of the great man into one book. With clear explanations and examples drawn from Freud's own cases you will soon have a solid understanding of the main concepts, from psychosexual development to dream analysis. One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of Freud. Covers all the key ideas, from psychosexual development to dream analysis. Explains complex concepts in plain, simple terms. Includes details of famous cases like 'Anna O' and the 'Wolf Man.'Topics include: Freud's life and career; Freud's early work and influences; The beginnings of psychoanalysis; The interpretation of dreams; Exploring the unconscious; Sexual theories; Going back to childhood; Seeking an adult identity; Freud and society; Psychoanalysis; Glossary; Taking it further

Author Biography

Ruth Snowden Ruth Snowden is an expert in esoteric psychology. She has applied this expertise to a wide range of psychology books and to her successful and unique brand of fiction.

Table of Contents

Meet the authorp. viii
Only got a minute?p. x
Only got five minutes?p. xii
Only got ten minutes?p. xvi
Introductionp. xxii
Freud's life and careerp. 1
Freud's early lifep. 1
Vienna and the society in which Freud livedp. 4
A brief outline of Freud's careerp. 5
Freud's private life and personalityp. 10
Freud's early workp. 17
Freud's medical trainingp. 17
Scientific researchp. 19
Hysteria and hypnosisp. 20
Nineteenth-century scientific and moral thinkingp. 25
Freud's first ideas about the unconsciousp. 29
The beginnings of psychoanalysisp. 36
The crucial decadep. 36
The repression of sexual ideasp. 37
The seduction theoryp. 38
The pressure techniquep. 40
The free-association techniquep. 41
Transferencep. 42
Freud's self-analysisp. 44
The analysis of Dorap. 47
The interpretation of dreamsp. 52
Why dreams are important in psychoanalysisp. 52
Dreams as wish fulfilmentp. 55
Dream mechanismsp. 58
Methods of dream interpretationp. 63
Freudian symbolsp. 65
Origins of dreamsp. 67
Exploring the unconsciousp. 70
The divisions of the mindp. 70
The theory of the unconsciousp. 72
The pleasure principle and the reality principlep. 75
Parapraxis, the famous Freudian slipp. 78
Jokes and the unconsciousp. 84
Sexual theoriesp. 88
Freud attacks current thinkingp. 88
Sexual deviationsp. 91
Infantile sexualityp. 96
The struggles of pubertyp. 99
Going back to childhoodp. 106
Psychosexual developmentp. 106
Infantile amnesiap. 108
The oral stagep. 111
The anal stagep. 112
The phallic stagep. 115
The Oedipus complexp. 116
The latency stagep. 120
The genital stagep. 121
Seeking an adult identityp. 124
Freud's new model of the mindp. 124
The idp. 126
The egop. 127
The super-egop. 128
Anxietyp. 131
Defence mechanismsp. 132
Narcissismp. 139
Mourning and melancholiap. 140
Instinctsp. 141
Eros and Thanatosp. 142
Characterp. 144
Freud and societyp. 147
Civilizationp. 147
Religionp. 149
Thoughts about warp. 155
Art and literaturep. 157
Psychoanalysisp. 163
The process of psychoanalysisp. 163
Some of Freud's own casesp. 165
Early beginnings of the psychoanalytic movementp. 169
Rifts in the psychoanalytic movementp. 171
Some famous followers of Freudp. 175
Psychoanalysis todayp. 180
Glossaryp. 186
Taking it furtherp. 192
Timeline of important events in Freud's lifep. 192
Places to visitp. 194
A list of Freud's most important worksp. 195
Further readingp. 195
Useful websitesp. 199
Indexp. 200
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