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Sigmund Freud: An Introduction

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTION A constantly evolving system of thought CHAPTER ONE Sigmund Freud from 1856 to 1900 CHAPTER TWO Hysteria and the discovery of psychoanalysis CHAPTER THREE Self-analysis CHAPTER FOUR The interpretation of dreams CHAPTER FIVE Manifestations of the unconscious in everyday life CHAPTER SIX Infantile sexuality CHAPTER SEVEN The Oedipus complex and the unconscious CHAPTER EIGHT The transference, the psychoanalytic setting and technique CHAPTER NINE Four of Freud's clinical observations CHAPTER TEN Metapsychology (Freud, 1915-1917) CHAPTER ELEVEN The fundamental conflict between the life drive and the death drive CHAPTER TWELVE The ego, the id and the superego CHAPTER THIRTEEN The fear of losing the loved, desired person CHAPTER FOURTEEN Psychosis, disavowal of reality and ego-splitting CHAPTER FIFTEEN Religion and civilization: pessimism or lucidity? CHAPTER SIXTEEN Sigmund Freud from 1900 to 1939 BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Jean-Michel Quinodoz is an internationally-acclaimed psychoanalytic theorist and clinician. He is author of The Taming of Solitude, Dreams That Turn Over a Page, Reading Freud, Listening to Hanna Segal and Melanie Klein and Marcelle Spira (all Routledge).


Sigmund Freud is a book in which each chapter is a gem-a concise, very accessible rendering of the essence of Freud's psychoanalytic thinking, accessible by readers within and outside of the field of psychotherapy. This is not a textbook or primer; it is an insightful discussion of some of the most important ideas to be launched in the twentieth century. Dr. Thomas Ogden (Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California) In his new, quite brief, book on Freud, Jean-Michel Quinodoz captures both the breadth and the depth of Freud's work. It is not a superficial summary of Freud's work, but rather a remarkable re-presentation and exploration of Freud's central psychoanalytic tenets that continue to underlie and inform our work today as psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. William F. Cornell (author of Explorations in Transactional Analysis) Jean Michel Quinodoz is able to distil complex ideas into something easily available to a wide audience without talking down to his readers. He has managed to cover in this small book the main lines of Freud's oeuvre. Dr. Dana Birksted-Breen (British Psychoanalytical Society and The Institute of Psychoanalysis)

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