Interpretation of Dreams The Complete and Definitive Text

ISBN-10: 0465019773

ISBN-13: 9780465019779

Edition: 2010

Authors: Sigmund Freud, James Strachey

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In this book Sigmund Freud has attempted to expound the methods and results of dream-interpretation; and in so doing he does not think he overstepped the boundary of neuro-pathological science. For the dream proves on psychological investigation to be the first of a series of abnormal psychic formations, a series whose succeeding members-the hysterical phobias, the obsessions, the delusions- must, for practical reasons, claim the attention of the physician.
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List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 2/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 688
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

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).

Editor'S Introduction
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Preface to the Sixth Edition
Preface to the Eighth Edition
Preface to the Third (Revised) English Edition
The Scientific Literature Dealing With the Problems of Dreams
The Relation of Dreams to Waking Life
The Material of Dreams-Memory in Dreams
The Stimuli and Sources of Dreams
External Sensory Stimuli
Internal (Subjective) Sensory Excitations
Internal Organic Somatic Stimuli
Psychical Sources of Stimulation
Why Dreams Are Forgotten After Waking
The Distinguishing Psychological Characteristics of Dreams
The Moral Sense in Dreams
Theories of Dreaming and Its Function
The Relation Between Dreams and Mental Diseases
Postscript, 1909
Postscript, 1914
The Method of Interpreting Dreams: An Analysis of a Specimen Dream
A Dream is the Fulfilment of a Wish
Distortion in Dreams
The Material and Sources of Dreams
Recent and Indifferent Material in Dreams
Infantile Material as a Source of Dreams
The Somatic Sources of Dreams
Typical Dreams
Embarrassing Dreams of Being Naked
Dreams of the Death of Persons of Whom the Dreamer Is Fond
Other Typical Dreams
Examination Dreams
The Dream-Work
The Work of Condensation
The Work of Displacement
The Means of Representation in Dreams
Considerations of Representability
Representation by Symbols in Dreams-Some Further Typical Dreams
Some Examples-Calculations and Speeches in Dreams
Absurd Dreams-Intellectual Activity in Dreams
Affects in Dreams
Secondary Revision
The Psychology of the Dream-Processes
The Forgetting of Dreams
Arousal by Dreams-The Function of Dreams-Anxiety-Dreams
The Primary and Secondary Processes-Repression
The Unconscious and Consciousness-Reality
A Premonitory Dream Fulfilled
List of Writings by Freud Dealing Predominantly or Largely with Dreams
Additional Notes
Author Index and List of Works Quoted
List of Works on Dreams Published Before 1900
Index Of Dreams
Freud's Own Dreams
Other People's Dreams
General Index
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