13th out of 20 books — 14 voters
Sigmund Freud, the founder of modern psychoanalysis, remade our view of the human mind by exploring the unconscious forces that drive us. Part of the 'Great Loves' series, this collection of Freud's writings on the psychology of love examines the nature of desire, transgression, fantasy, and erotic taboo.
Paperback, Penguin Great Loves #11, 102 pages
Published February 2nd 2007 by Penguin Books
(first published February 2007)
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An interesting read with many ideas that make the reader assess the basis of sexuality. The section on 'Sexual Deviations' was probably the most fascinating, although the chapter on 'The Virginity Taboo' was also quite enlightening. The least coherent chapter seemed to be 'On Female Sexuality', since much emphasis was at first put on the end attachment to the father but was rarely mentioned in subsequent detail.
Seriously? Freud was one messed up man! Interesting to read about these phenomena we have now incorporated into common parlance (sounds so pretentious but do you have a better way to say that?), but it's all just so wrong. I did think he had a very nice, non-judgemental view of homosexuality, but the section on the sexuality of women - wtf!
Meh. I expected more of him, call me naieve but I did. Even though he seems pretty okay with homosexuality, he is rather womenunfriendly. His unnuanced opinions about women stated as facts combined with overly nuanced other statements (so that they become meaningless) made me nodd off (literally a couple of times). Do not want.
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...moreMore about Sigmund Freud...