Freud: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192854551

Anthony Storr
176 Pages
112 x 179 mm
Pub date
Feb 2001
Very Short Introductions


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  • Freud's theories of the unconscious, neurosis, repression, the ego, and so on revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves
  • Freud's influence extends far beyond psychology and psychiatry — he is studied in philosophy, literary theory, and cultural studies courses, for example
  • Anthony Storr is one of the most important writers on the subject

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) revolutionized the way in which we think about ourselves. From its beginnings as a theory of neurosis, Freud developed psycho-analysis into a general psychology which became widely accepted as the predominant mode of discussing personality and interpersonal relationships. 


List of illustrations
1: Life and character
2: From trauma to phantasy
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

About the author: 

Anthony Storr qualified as a doctor in 1944. He subsequently specialized in psychiatry, trained as an analyst, and taught psychotherapy at Oxford. His books include The Integrity of the Personality (1960), The Dynamics of Creation (1972), Jung (1973), Solitude (1988), and Music and the Mind (1992). He is formerly Fellow of Green College, Oxford.

a model exercise in synthesis, and the final essay on the "appeal" of psychotherapy is especially neat. - Independent

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