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Freud: A Very Short Introduction

Anthony Storr

Publication Date - June 2001

ISBN: 9780192854551

176 pages
Paperback

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, developed a totally new way of looking at human nature. Only now, with the hindsight of the half-century since his death, can we assess his true legacy to current thought. As an experienced psychiatrist himself, Anthony Storr offers a lucid and objective look at Freud's major theories, evaluating whether they have stood the test of time, and in the process examines Freud himself in light of his own ideas. An excellent introduction to Freud's work, this book will appeal to all those broadly curious about psychoanalysis, psychology, and sociology.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Features

  • Offers a lucid and objective look at Freud's major theories, evaluating whether they have stood the test of time, and in the process examines Freud himself in light of his own ideas
  • Provides an excellent introduction to Freud's work, which will appeal to all those broadly curious about psychoanalysis, psychology, and sociology

About the Author(s)

Anthony Storr is Emeritus Fellow of Green College.

Reviews

"Invaluable to the novice approaching Freud's works for the first time....As an evaluation of Freud's theory, Storr's book is concise and up-to-date....An important addition to any library collection."--Choice

"Storr's brief, elegant, and interesting book coolly surveys what we might term the house of Freud and finds almost everything flawed...yet he does not dispute that the builder of the shaky house was a genius."--D.M. Thomas, The Observer

"A model exercise in synthesis."--The Independent

Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    2. Life and character
    3. Exploring the past
    4. Free association, dreams, and transference
    5. Ego, super-ego, and id
    6. Aggression, depression, and paranoia
    7. Jokes and The Psycho-Pathology of Everyday Life
    8. Art and literature
    9. Culture and religion
    10. Freud as therapist
    11. Psycho-analysis today
    12. The appeal of psycho-analysis
    Further reading
    Index