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The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud

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Psychopathology of Everyday Life, The Interpretation of Dreams, Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex, Wit and Its Relation to the Unconsious, Totem and Taboo and The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement
This classic edition of The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud includes complete texts of six works that have profoundly influenced our understanding of human behavior.


Hardcover, 973 pages
Published July 10th 1995 by Modern Library (first published 1938)
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I've only read The Psychopathology of Everyday Life so far. It's excellent, loaded with epiphanies for the reader. One thinks "but yes! Of course!"
I'm thrilled that I found Freud post-graduate school, because it's nice to know that my thinking hasn't solidified to the point where I can't be seriously changed by a book. It took me at least two years to get through this whole volume, but it was worth it. So many of Freud's theories are instantly verifiable through self analysis, which makes reading his books a real thrill. By walking you through his logic, the reader is invited to be both the doctor and the patient.

I do think that Freud has
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Fuck you if you don't think Sigmund Freud was a profound thinker. He was, in fact, one of the most influential thinkers in the world. He was nothing short of genius.

After reading Peter Gay's brilliant 800-page biography of Freud, I was naturally propelled to actually start reading Freud himself. And I did find it an enlightening experience.

So, why in fuck's name did I give it 4 stars. Well, like I said, I found it an enlightening experience. However, it wasn't
This represented my second attempt at completing Sigmund Freud's works and I was well rewarded for the perseverance. At times Freud can get too ingrained in the minutia of his theories and in reaffirming his legacy, however his insights are thoroughly thought provoking, writing fluid, examples entertaining, and intellect simply extraordinary. Three of his works in particular fascinated me:

- Psychopathology of Everyday Life: Forgetfulness and lapses of attention are explainable and determined thr
Mickey Somsanith
Feb 12, 2008 Mickey Somsanith rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This was my first book that I read to prepare myself to explore psychology. What better way than to start off with the "Father of Psychology". This book is very informative. I liked how there were also a compilation of his books in this one (saves money). I really learned about it, unfortunately, somethings in this book can be very controversial, but I guess that's what makes it very thought-provoking as well. Be prepared for a life-changing experience once you've completed this book. It is a bi ...more
Freud opened my mind and I will always be indebted to him. I read most of this book and want to get back to it and read it again.
Erik Graff
Dec 08, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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This was one of the earlier, affordable collections of some of the basic writings of Sigmund Freud that I began reading toward the end of college. At this point I'm no longer sure which of them I read in these, the Brill translations, and which I read first in other, later editions except for Wit and the Unconscious and The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, both of which I had read previously while staying at my grandmother's cottage in SE Michigan.
James Violand
A brilliant man who may have made everything up without going beyond his personal opinion. He states a premise and finds evidence to support his opinion. Little true objectivity, but his views certainly inspired all subsequent studies in psychology.
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
James Conley
I am little more than half way through, I have not picked it up in a while but I will continue to read it. The book is great if it interests you. You sorta have to have a knack for this.
An amazing mind, right up there with Darwin. It's refreshing to actually read the original stuff to see how Freud's work has been misinterpreted and Freud misrepresented.
After reading half a dozen of Freud's books I used this one as a summary. It holds a good representation of all of his work.
Jan 31, 2008 Matthew rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I can't believe that I've gotten this far in life without having read any Freud. Still on the introduction just now.
Mostly sounded like gobbly gook, very heady....but thankfully I studied in psychology in college and got it.
Alysse Tranquille
Very interesting, a good look at old psychology.
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Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential - and controversial - minds of the 20th century.

Sigismund (later changed to Sigmund) Freud was born on 6 May 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia (now Pribor in the Czech Republic). His father was a merchant. The
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