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Basic Freud

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  171 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In Basic Freud, noted psychologist Michael Kahn shows that even in the age of psychopharmaceuticals and cognitive therapy, Freud's major insights into the unconscious remain unsurpassed tools for understanding our behaviors, motivations, and emotions. Kahn presents key ideas such as the Oedipus complex, the repetition compulsion, guilt, anxiety, and defense mechanisms, alo ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 18th 2002 by Basic Books (first published January 28th 1953)
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First off, I need to thank my friend Greg for giving me this book after finding it on steep discount. My lackluster review of it in NO WAY diminishes my thankfulness for receiving the book. I certainly appreciated the chance to gain some perspective on Freud's basic ideas from a psychoanalyst.

That being said, I doubt I'll be wholeheartedly embracing Freudian theory any time soon. While Freud needs to get credit for making us think differently about the human mind - humans are "deeper" than they
Nov 22, 2007 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the novice psychoanalyst
Shelves: informative
Though Kahn gives a rather all-inclusive look at Freud's theories, at least on some fundamental level, the amount of praise he attributes to the renowned thinker gives way to an obvious bias. I'm sure that the author was very professional in his research, especially with his occupation being a professor of psychology at the University Of California (at least while he was writing this novel). However, a feeling of praise seems to permeate the contents of each chapter, really drawing some of the i ...more
Tyler Windham
My purpose for giving this book three stars has nothing to do with Michael Kahn's work, in fact I think he did an excellent job at writing an articulate and succinct introduction to Freudian thought. It is Freud that costs this book two stars. I assumed that the colloquial view that Freudian psychology can be reduced to the sex drive and "[fill in the blank] is a phallic symbol" was an exaggeration and a misrepresentation of the truth and, though Freud definitely has credible ideas such as his t ...more
great book! extremely easy to read and understand. In a time where contemporary psychologists have dispelled Freud and his Psychodynamic theory as a bunch of hubbaloo and pop culture makes a mockery of him, it's great to read something that gives him the respect he deserves as a pioneer of the field. While most of his ideas have since been discredited, many do make sense and I found myself having little "ah-ha!" moments. They're actually not that far-fetched if you really think about them. Anywa ...more
An ok read. If I'd been pursuing Freudian theory for my own general interest, this would have been fine, but it's a pop science book disguised as an academic source and it just doesn't work. There are too many anecdotes from the author's own psychology practice for it to be taken seriously as a work ABOUT FREUD.

That said, interesting to read something from the psychological side of Freud rather than the philosophical one, and providing some detailed information on the defence mechanisms rather t
Kyra Clode
I bought this book as I am studying psychodynamic counselling (it is a bit like a neo-psychoanalysis...) and was struggling with the brief chapters on Freudian theory that were in our core reading list textbooks. Basic Freud completely saved my theory essay and really helped me to get to grips with Freudian theories. Whether or not you agree with them, a knowledge of these theories can be very useful, especially on a counselling or psychology course. If you want a good introduction that provides ...more
i picked up this book because i was having conversations with my friend about her therapy and had almost no understanding -- except for what i gleaned from popular culture -- about what therapy really is. i considered reading something more cutting edge, but figured, why not go straight to the source. this book filled me in pretty well, i think, but mostly it just confirmed that what i had gleaned from popular culture was pretty accurate.
Thought this was a general introduction to Freud, was much too personal for my taste. Book focuses too much on Kahn's experiences as a psychoanalyst, and his own issues with his parents. Too few direct quotes. That said, it did give me an basic understanding of Freuds ideas. But I would recommend not this book as a general introduction to Freud.
Apr 09, 2009 Theodora rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Theodora by: for class
Shelves: books09, self-care
I have had lots of perceptions about Freud. And I'm not sure this is the best book to start with -- the author uses extreme examples and doesn't explain a lot of things beyond the stereotypical sex aspect of it all...but Freud...i can't disregard you. There are some good ideas, trickling down, that I am starting to grasp.
I think this book is a good introduction to Freud's theories. Not too much detail. The author may have focused too much on using examples from his own patients. I would have preferred less of that and more explanation.
Basic introduction to core Freudian concepts. Some of these seem ridiculous, some profound, some on the fence. Well-written and engaging bit I still found it hard to fully commit myself to being interested.
This was a really interesting book. I was not too familiar with Freud's works. This book gave me a general idea of Freud's theories. Strongly recommend it!
Christina Bouwens
A good, even at times somewhat dense, Freud-refresher. My defense mechanisms feel so clean and tidy
I hate Freud. But the book was slightly preferable to staring blankly at the wall, so I read it.
Cesar Nascimento
Extremamente superficial. Um pouco mais diluído e daria uma boa história em quadrinhos.
May 01, 2011 Raj is currently reading it
but difficult to get through but
Great overview of Freud's theories. Highly readable.
Sarah Evan
very digestible Freud
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