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Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction [#435]
Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction [#435]
  • Looks at the contemporary uses and experiences of psychoanalysis
  • Offers an accessible, brief overview of the history of psychoanalysis, its different contemporary manifestations, and how far the discipline has moved on from Freud
  • Introduces the key theories, personalities, and ideas from the field
  • Provides a balanced coverage of European and American developments in psychoanalysis with vivid clinical illustrations and stories

Since its inception, psychoanalysis has been hailed as a revolutionary theory of how the mind works, whilst some of its ideas such as the Oedipus complex have become part of everyday conversation. In Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction, Daniel Pick offers a lucid, lively, and wide-ranging survey of psychoanalysis. This book offers the reader a flavour of what it might be like to enter treatment, and suggests the possible surprises that can await both analyst and patient, as well as the potential benefits. 
Yet whilst Freud's writings have shaped the way many of us understand dreams, desires, and destructiveness, as well as anxieties, blunders, and guilt, numerous critics have warned of the dangerous methods and time-bound assumptions of psychoanalysis, doubted the efficacy of its drawn-out methods, and dismissed its core claims as pseudo-science. Looking at modern ideas of the self, exploring the nature of unconscious aspects of relationships, and considering how psychoanalysis has evolved, Pick ponders the particular challenges now facing the analytic profession, and shows why psychoanalysis remains an important resource for investigating the mind, its creative functioning and many afflictions.


1: Introduction
2: How psychoanalysis began
3: A case of obsessional neurosis
4: Oedipus
5: Analytic space, time, and technique
6: Politics and upheavals
7: Innovations and controversies
8: Unconscious dramas
9: Concluding remarks
Further reading

About the author: 

Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst and historian. He is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and of the Royal Historical Society. He is also an editor of History Workshop Journal, is on the editorial board of the New Library of Psychoanalysis, and a member of the advisory board of Psychoanalysis and History and Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture.

"Recommended by the Institute of Psychoanalysis" - Institute of Psychoanalysis Website

"an honest, direct, informative and useful book." - Christopher Bollas, British psychoanalyst and writer

Product details

ISBN : 9780199226818

Daniel Pick
160 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jul 2015
Very Short Introductions
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Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction [#435]

Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction [#435]

Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction [#435]