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Freud Inventor of the Modern Mind

ISBN-10: 0060598956
ISBN-13: 9780060598952
Edition: 2006
Authors: Peter D. Kramer
List price: $21.95
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Description: Often referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis," Sigmund Freud championed the "talking cure" and charted the human unconscious. But though Freud compared himself to Copernicus and Darwin, his history as a physician is problematic. Historians  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/21/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

Often referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis," Sigmund Freud championed the "talking cure" and charted the human unconscious. But though Freud compared himself to Copernicus and Darwin, his history as a physician is problematic. Historians have determined that Freud often misrepresented the course and outcome of his treatments-;so that the facts would match his theories. Today Freud's legacy is in dispute, his commentators polarized into two camps: one of defenders; the other, fierce detractors. Peter D. Kramer, himself a practicing psychiatrist and a leading national authority on mental health, offers a new take on this controversial figure, one both critical and sympathetic. He recognizes that although much of Freud's thought is now archaic, the discipline he invented has become an inescapable part of our culture, transforming the way we see ourselves. Freud was a myth-maker, a storyteller, a writer whose books will survive among the classics of our literature. The result of Kramer's inquiry is nothing less than a new standard history of Freud by a modern master of his thought.

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Climate of Opinion
Development of the Hero
Steps and Stumbles
The Problem of Psychology
Seduction
Dreams
Consolidation
Agenbite
New World
Friend and Foe
Structure
Culture
Limitations
Final Things
Loss
Bibliographic Note

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