Psychology of Love

ISBN-10: 0142437468
ISBN-13: 9780142437469
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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This original collection brings together by one of the most influential minds of the twentieth century, the most important writings on the psychology of love. Sigmund Freuds discussions of the ways in which, consciously or unconsciously, sexuality is always psychosexuality (i.e., there is no sexuality without fantasy) have changed social, cultural, and intellectual attitudes toward erotic life. The pieces included here present the development of Freuds now-famous theories about childhood and the transgressive nature of human desire. The Psychology of Loveincludes: Fragment of an Analysis of Hysteria (Dora) Three Essays on Sexual Theory On the Sexual Theories of Children Contributions to the Psychology of Erotic Life On Female Sexuality

Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis, simultaneously a theory of personality, a therapy, and an intellectual movement. He was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Freiburg, Moravia, now part of Czechoslovakia, but then a city in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the age of 4, he moved to Vienna, where he spent nearly his entire life. In 1873 he entered the medical school at the University of Vienna and spent the following eight years pursuing a wide range of studies, including philosophy, in addition to the medical curriculum. After graduating, he worked in several clinics and went to Paris to study under Jean-Martin Charcot, a neurologist who used hypnosis to treat the symptoms of hysteria. When Freud returned to Vienna and set up practice as a clinical neurologist, he found orthodox therapies for nervous disorders ineffective for most of his patients, so he began to use a modified version of the hypnosis he had learned under Charcot. Gradually, however, he discovered that it was not necessary to put patients into a deep trance; rather, he would merely encourage them to talk freely, saying whatever came to mind without self-censorship, in order to bring unconscious material to the surface, where it could be analyzed. He found that this method of free association very often evoked memories of traumatic events in childhood, usually having to do with sex. This discovery led him, at first, to assume that most of his patients had actually been seduced as children by adult relatives and that this was the cause of their neuroses; later, however, he changed his mind and concluded that his patients' memories of childhood seduction were fantasies born of their childhood sexual desires for adults. (This reversal is a matter of some controversy today.) Out of this clinical material he constructed a theory of psychosexual development through oral, anal, phallic and genital stages. Freud considered his patients' dreams and his own to be "the royal road to the unconscious." In The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), perhaps his most brilliant book, he theorized that dreams are heavily disguised expressions of deep-seated wishes and fears and can give great insight into personality. These investigations led him to his theory of a three-part structure of personality: the id (unconscious biological drives, especially for sex), the superego (the conscience, guided by moral principles), and the ego (the mediator between the id and superego, guided by reality). Freud's last years were plagued by severe illness and the rise of Nazism, which regarded psychoanalysis as a "Jewish pollution." Through the intervention of the British and U.S. governments, he was allowed to emigrate in 1938 to England, where he died 15 months later, widely honored for his original thinking. His theories have had a profound impact on psychology, anthropology, art, and literature, as well as on the thinking of millions of ordinary people about their own lives. Freud's daughter Anna Freud was the founder of the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic in London, where her specialty was applying psychoanalysis to children. Her major work was The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense (1936).

Shaun Whiteside's translations include Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy and Musil's The Confessions of Young T�rless for Penguin Classics.

James Joyce was born on February 2, 1882, in Dublin, Ireland, into a large Catholic family. Joyce was a very good pupil, studying poetics, languages, and philosophy at Clongowes Wood College, Belvedere College, and the Royal University in Dublin. Joyce taught school in Dalkey, Ireland, before marrying in 1904. Joyce lived in Zurich and Triest, teaching languages at Berlitz schools, and then settled in Paris in 1920 where he figured prominently in the Parisian literary scene, as witnessed by Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Joyce's collection of fine short stories, Dubliners, was published in 1914, to critical acclaim. Joyce's major works include A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, and Stephen Hero. Ulysses, published in 1922, is considered one of the greatest English novels of the 20th century. The book simply chronicles one day in the fictional life of Leopold Bloom, but it introduces stream of consciousness as a literary method and broaches many subjects controversial to its day. As avant-garde as Ulysses was, Finnegans Wake is even more challenging to the reader as an important modernist work. Joyce died just two years after its publication, in 1941.Jeri Johnson is a fellow in English at Exeter College, Oxford.

Introduction
Translator's Preface
Fragment of an Analysis of Hysteria (Dora)
Foreword
The Clinical Picture
The First Dream
The Second Dream
Afterword
Three Essays on Sexual Theory
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
The Sexual Deviations
Infantile Sexuality
The Transformations of Puberty
Recapitulation
On the Sexual Theories of Children
Contributions to the Psychology of Erotic Life
Concerning a Particular Type of Object-choice in Men
Concerning the Most Universal Debasement in Erotic Life
The Virginity Taboo
'A Child is being Beaten': Contribution to the Understanding of the Origin of Sexual Perversions
On Female Sexuality

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