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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud
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Nov 29, 10

Read from September 18 to October 01, 2010

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 through a collection of short case studies, and is followed by a discussion of what each instance can teach about the inner workings of the mind.

The beauty of this particular book is that it is one of the least technical of his four main works on psychoanalysis. It is not only accessibly written, but the commonness and simplicity of the case studies make for the same sort of reading one would find in a book from Oliver Sachs: intriguing little stories in which the reader cannot help but to try to figure out the puzzle on their own. It may not be the sort of rigorous study that characterizes the field today, but it's an intriguing way to think about the individual which provides plenty of insights into what we are and how we see ourselves.

And that's why people should continue to read Freud. He encourages us to engage in a form of analytical thinking which can only sharpen the intellect.
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