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Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety

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Setting forth in rich detail Freud's new theory of anxiety, Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety (1926) is evidence for one of them. In rethinking his earlier work on the subject, Freud saw several types of anxiety at work in the mind and here argues that anxiety causes repression, rather than the other way around.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 17th 1990 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1925)
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This short book is far more interesting than its title might suggest.
Often overlooked, this concise exploration of origins and manifestations of anxiety is often brilliant and provocative. Freud explores the basic properties of fear, anxiety, and touches on the sexual component of these human states of mind/body. Freud hypothesizes that the origin of anxiety is founded in the repressed memory of the human's separation from the mother's originary nutrition during the act of birth. All manifestations of anxiety are (in essence) a resurgence of this primal fear. Thi ...more
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Nicht gerade das leichteste von Freuds Werken. Im gegensatz zum flüssigen, leicht nachvollziehbaren Stil vieler anderer Schriften, ist dieses Werk sehr dicht und abstrakt. Kein Lesevergnügen und allen, die sich eher aus kulturwissenschaftlichen, denn aus psychoanalytischen Gründen für Freuds Theorie interessieren ist hiervon eher abzuraten. Der Theoriegewinn liegt mehr in den Details und in den begrifflichen Differenzierungen gegenüber früheren Schriften.
Catherine Woodman
I first read this in a college course, and found his body of work to be eye opening and thought provoking--although not all that easy to read--I would never have guessed that I would go on to be a psychiatrist, but he rocked my world
A fascinating and (very) difficult little book, this one finds the good doctor rethinking some of his earlier ideas on this fascinating subject. As with so much of Freud, I suspect it will yield even more for me on a future rereading.
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