The Psychopathology of Everyday Life
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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

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The simple but convincing explanations of things familiar to everybody are explained here: the sudden forgetting of names, of sets of words, impressions and intentions; childhood memories; bungled actions and other errors; and all those little, significant mistakes of tongue and pen that have come to be called "Freudian slips."
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 1901)
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I learned why I have lost so many umbrellas in my life. Why I try to open my office door with my house key. Now, why should my hats and caps have half-lives of less than a year? Where is that mosquito control association cap I got from the World's Leading Authority? Freud pretty much convinced me that what my grandma told me - "Lost objects go to the Moon" - is not true. Venus, maybe.
Alex Csicsek
Yeah yeah yeah, Frued has been discredited by over half a century of physiological study, and his theories are filled with holes and contradictions even when taken on their own terms, but come on... this stuff is fun.

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life is an interesting, accessible book demonstrating the existence of the psyche in the most mundane of circumstances, such as when having a conversation or trying to recall a name. Each chapter deals with the different manifestations of the psyche t...more
Finished it finally. Never again. Jung's next.
I've had the impression that Freud's full of himself, the quantity of the examples are too damn much and the theories... I have to admit, some of them were interesting and made me think, but most of them are just annoying. The whole book is annoying and doesn't make any sense. I cannot believe msot of psychology is based on this guy's thoughts.

And I have another thing I have to mention, but it's not Freud's fault. The way the Hungarian edition is bui...more
Surprisingly good.

Now that we live in a post-Fruedian universe - it is very interesting to go back and see how it all came about - this book was very readable, the stories he tells, he tells well. It's not always easy to catch everything he is getting at - but in general a very good thesis.

i don't go all the way with his ideas, and he was pedantic, a little Victorian demigod, but all the same fun to read.

I read this as a required reading in one of my classes in graduate school (which may have something to do with how I rated it). At the end of the book I was left wondering if anyone would ever suggest this book if the authors name wasn't Freud.
Tatiana (DraCat)
Apr 13, 2009 Tatiana (DraCat) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: psy
Перечитывая Фрейда с немного другим, чем пять лет назад, багажом за плечами, понимаю, что раньше я не читала его книг. Взгляд студента всегда избирателен - выхватывает то, что нужно к зачету, реферату, вообще, что нужно. За этим теряется специфика текста. Научный текст - это особая стилистика. Но и к нему можно подходить как к художественному произведению. "Психопатология обыденной жизни" с этой точки зрения вызывает реакцию: "Какой интересный автор, где бы прикупить ещё пару книжечек". Между те...more
Dopo aver covato per anni una certa avversione per la psicologia e gli psicologi in generale, principalmente grazie alla falsa idea che media e persone di dubbia intelligenza propinano a riguardo, mi sono lentamente avvicinato a questo mondo con un discreto interesse.
Da dove iniziare allora, se non da uno dei padri della psicologia moderna, per lo più da uno dei suoi testi che ho saputo essere di più semplice comprensione anche per chi non è studioso della materia?
Niente di più sbagliato.
Freud's work is foundational for understanding theory. Without reading his work, we can't possibly get all the references of the other theorists who followed. So... as part of my MFA program, we read the entire body of Freud's work.

I had a lot of resistance to Freud... mostly feminist critique. But to be fair, even the feminist theorists are grounded in at least an understanding of Freud (if not Freudian themselves). But about this book...

I guess I took issue with Freud's assumption of perfecti...more
Shahine Ardeshir
Since Psychology was my undergraduate major, I am no stranger to Sigmund Freud. So you could argue that I had some idea of what I would be getting into when I picked this book up.

Unfortunately, that didn't help make it any more enjoyable.

I was reminded repeatedly of a line I read in one of our Psychology text books, which pointed out while some of Freud's ideas did in fact shape the way we see therapy, a lot of his work did more to propel dissension (and hence encourage more people to join the...more
Curt Bozif
Oct 02, 2007 Curt Bozif rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who read his Interpretation of Dreams
Shelves: psychoanalysis
How to make people really self-conscious when they drop, slip, miss-spell, forget, are late, or bump into something.
Kausik R
i was flabbergasted when i read this book ... forgetting names and slip of tongue is not a simple science...
Quaint misogynistic ramblings of an old fuddy duddy.

Sembra che, a livello psichico, nulla avvenga a caso.
Lapsus, dimenticanze, atti mancati: secondo Freud, dietro ad ogni movimento apparentemente maldestro, dietro ad ogni errore verbale apparentemente insignificante, dietro ad ogni sbadataggine c'è il lavorio del nostro inconscio, che trapela al di là del conscio nei momenti in cui uno meno se lo aspetta.
E uno che, come me, è sempre stato digiuno di psicologia (tranne l'occasionale e isolata capatina della filosofia in Freud, appunto, al quinto a...more
Mutlu Cankay
Ünlü psikolog bu eserinde bizi biliçdışına bir adım daha yaklaştırıyor . Rüyaların Yorumu'nda , "rüyaların , arzuların yaptıkları kazalar" olduğunu gösteren Freud ; bu eserinde dil sürçmesi , unutma , yanlış çağrışımlar , sakarlıklar ve boşinançları ele alıyor . Bu olguların altında yatan mekanizmaları , çevresinden topladığı örneklerden ve kendi yaşamından , özsağaltımından yola çıkarak okuyucuya son derece anlaşılır bir dille aktarıyor . Bilinçaltına az da olsa ışık tutan davranış kalıplarını...more
Zur Psychopathologie des Alltagslebens
Titelzusatz: über Vergessen, Versprechen, Vergreifen, Aberglaube und Irrtum
Verfasserangaben: Sigmund Freud. Einleitung von Riccardo Steiner
1. VerfasserIn: Freud, Sigmund
Personen: Steiner, Riccardo
Impressum: Frankfurt am Main : Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verl., 2000
Umfang: 355 S.
1. Reihe: Fischer ; 10438
Unterreihe: Psychologie
Fußnote: Literaturverz. S. 345 - [356]. - Früher als: Fischer ; 6079
ISBN: 3-596-10438-6
Mediennr.: 0468232
Probably one of Freud's easier-to-read books. It's interesting to read his theories about some of the most common, unexplained events that occur everyday in our lives. He attempts to answer questions such as, "Why do we forget to do things? Why do we forget names? Why do we use the wrong words?" This is where the term Freudian Slip comes from. Overall, I found his theories interesting & more palatable than some of his other works. He backs up all of his theories with examples to make them ea...more
Well, I always meant to read this one. Out of all his theories I've always considered this to be one of his most interesting, and hardest to prove or pinpoint since you have to have complete honesty to crawl backwards in your brain for some of those sneaky slips of the tongue or bizarre reactions we all do from time to time. The text is a little repetitive, but it gets it's point across. Personally, and as a complete aside, I was struck by Freud's fixation on whether or not he would be paid by h...more
I didn't read this to figure out whether I agree with Freud or not, since I know I mostly don't, I just wanted to learn a little more about this Austrian neurologist and his ideas on psychoanalysis.

Overall, it was an interesting read. Interesting because this was written so long ago, in a time where he was seen as a man of highest intelligence, which I am sure he was. Thankfully though, his theories aren't viewed in the same way now as they were then - they are less, shall we say, correct.

Jesse Crockett
Next on This Day in California — 110 years ago, you can bet this didn't read like scenes that were simply cut from the productions of Mary Poppins or The Wizard of Oz, compared to this new stuff.
This is the most approachable and most palatable Freudian book I've read so far. For once Dr. Freud isn't reducing everything to his Sex Theory - I think there definately is a place for such a theory - indeed, it's powerful and persuasive, and useful in many circumstances, but it is not the only, nor the most logical explaination much of the time. So here, he basically steers clear of the theory - or at least isn't shoving it down his reader's through the whole time - which makes it an enjoyable...more
In questo libro Freud condensa una parte dei suoi studi e li espone con competenza accademica e chiarezza magistrale, un mix di capacità comune a pochi scienziati. Mostra come dimenticanze, errori di pronuncia e di scrittura, gesti inconsci e sbadataggini, potrebbero non essere frutto del caso. A compendio delle sue affermazioni lo scrittore riporta numerosissimi esempi esplicativi - accumulati durante la sua carriera professionale o presi a prestito da suoi colleghi - nei quali il lettore medio...more
One of the 15 books from home I keep permanently on the bookshelf in my office, at work. The title alone speaks volumes.
Monica Fanny
Le mie conoscenze riguardo la psicoanalisi di Freud sono riconducibili agli studi liceali e paragonabili con semplicità al nulla per cui, ho tentato un primo approccio "cauto/leggero"; sì perchè il fatto che per ogni caso ci sia un esempio riguardo avvenimenti di vita quotidiana poi, rende tutto piu interessante nonchè di facile comprensione. mi ha stupito l'approccio con cui i casi vengono analizzati e la semplicità con cui lo stesso Freud ne viene fuori.
probabilmente in futuro approfondirò la...more
I actually listened it but the English translation was magnificent.
Very interesting case collection � reader will most likely find himself in some of these cases (hopefully not those that can be considered as serious ones) because all cases presented are taken from the everyday life. Note this book is just that � interesting cases collection (many are contributed by Freud� s long-time colleagues) � author does not go into details and tries not to explain the causes of every case.[return][return]If you are interested in Freud� s work, this book is good starting...more
I did not like this book in particular. The recommendation that I got was, that it is THE book, that one should read, even if (like me) is not really very close to Freud and his way of thinking.
I have decided to give it a shot, but I could not suffer myself through endless descriptions of what went on in his mind, how was it connected to his memories, etc.. ...
It seemed a little bit to egocentric, self absorbed for my liking.
Probably more suited for those, who have a natural affection towards...more
Freud tried to be engaging and accessible in this book for the sake of a mass audience. He also gets carried away with repetitious anecdotes confirming his theories about the role of the unconscious in our everyday lives. Still, there is so much to learn and enjoy here about slips-of-the-tongue, common mishaps and accidents, lost items, jokes, missed appointments, and so forth. He provides overwhelming evidence for the role our unconscious wishes and fears provide in our everyday behavior.
Very interesting theories on the subconscious and how things we dismiss away as normal or forgotten, really might not be so. I only gave it 3 stars, because the first couple chapters on substituting words for other words and why, just didn't interest me. It got a lot better further in, and I really liked the conclusions he drew about how random things we do, and then just dismiss, may really have a deeper meaning when we analyze it.

Very nice Freud :D
Elvira Baryakina
Удивило, о скольких вещах Фрейд попросту догадался - не имея возможности исследовать тот или и иной феномен по всем правилам науки.

Естественно, за многое его можно критиковать, но ведь речь идет не только о знании как таковом, но и об истории знания. С этой точки зрения книга тоже интересна.
The interpretations aren't as impressive as those of dreams and there is very little theory. With some examples I had the feeling they unnecessarily repeated situations that had already been dealt with.
It's a good book if you don't want to be bothered with too much theory and just want to be entertained with examples. If you plan on getting acquainted with Freud's work, it's probably a good book to start with.

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Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was a physiologist, medical doctor, psychologist and influential thinker of the early twentieth century. Working initially in close collaboration with Joseph Breuer, Freud elaborated the theory that the mind is a complex energy-system, the structural investigation of which is the proper province of psychology. He articulated and refined the concepts of...more
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“Perciò la differenza tra me ed un uomo superstizioso consiste in questo: io non credo che un avvenimento verificatosi senza alcuna partecipazione della mia vita psichica possa rivelarmi cose arcane sul futuro; credo invece che un'espressione non intenzionale della mia vita psichica possa rivelarmi qualcosa di ignoto che, in fondo, appartiene solo alla mia vita psichica; credo alla casualità esterna (reale) ma non a quella interna (psichica). Insomma, il mio è l'atteggiamento esattamente opposto a quello del superstizioso; egli, non sapendo nulla della motivazione degli atti casuali e degli atti mancati, crede nella casualità psichica; è portato ad attribuire al caso esterno un'importanza che si manifesta nella realtà futura, ed a vedere nel caso un mezzo d'espressione di qualcosa che è nascosto nella realtà. Ci sono dunque due differenze tra me e l'uomo superstizioso: prima di tutto egli proietta all'esterno una motivazione che io cerco all'interno; in secondo luogo, egli interpreta il caso per mezzo di un avvenimento che io riconduco ad un'idea. Ciò che per lui è occulto per me è inconscio; in noi c'è la tendenza comune a non considerare il caso come tale, ma ad interpretarlo.
Ora io sostengo che quest'ignoranza cosciente e questa conoscenza inconscia della motivazione delle casualità psichiche sono una delle radici della superstizione. Proprio perché il superstizioso non sa nulla della motivazione dei suoi atti casuali e perché questa motivazione cerca di imporsi alla sua conoscenza, egli è obbligato a spostarla ed a collocarla nel mondo esterno.”
“Nella nostra concezione moderna del mondo ―concezione scientifica non ancora definitivamente conclusa― la superstizione è un po' fuori luogo; mentre era ammessa nella concezione di epoche prescientifiche, poiché ne era un complemento logico.
Aveva dunque relativamente ragione l'antico Romano, che rinunciava ad un progetto importante perché il volo degli uccelli era sfavorevole; agiva in modo conforme alle sue premesse. E se rinunciava al suo progetto perché aveva inciampato sulla soglia della sua porta, si rivelava superiore a noi increduli, si rivelava miglior psicologo di noi. Il fatto d'inciampare denotava l'esistenza di un dubbio, di un'opposizione interiore a questo progetto, la cui forza poteva annullare quella della sua intenzione al momento della realizzazione. In effetti si può essere sicuri del successo completo solo quando tutte le energie psichiche tendono al fine desiderato.”
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