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An Autobiographical Study

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Freud approved the overall editorial plan, specific renderings of key words and phrases, and the addition of valuable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. Many of the translations were done by Strachey himself; the rest were prepared under his supervision. The result was to place the Standard Edition in a position of unquestioned supremacy over all other existing v ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (NY) (first published January 1st 1963)
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Erik Graff
Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Freud fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
This translation is that of the Standard Editon, Volume 20. It originally appeared in Volume 4 of Die Medizin der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellungen (Leipzig, Felix Meiner) in 1925. As much a history of the psychoanalytic movement as a biography, it does contain general information about Freud's background and motivations, but this self-portrayal is rather on the order of the kind of essay one would write in an admissions essay.
Jeremy Konstanzer
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Freud's autobiography serves as an oddly dissociated recollection of the inspirations for his ideas, interspersed with agreeably fond portrayals of some of his significant relationships. While this book functions as a splendid companion piece to his other, more significant works, An Autobiographical Study would make for an awkwardly subdued introduction to the provocative mind of Freud. I view Freud as a willing and self-conscious provocateur; this perspective is surmised from his other works, w ...more
Savin Stefanov
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Фройд пише авотобиографията си през 1925. Заглавието може и да е подвеждащо - основно Фройд посочва основите на развитието на професионалния си живот като лекар, търсенията му и достигането до някой от основните теории и категории. Разглежда и реакцията срещу психоанализата през първите тридесет година на 19в. Интересна за всички: за лаиците които са чели за Фройд и нищо от него; за запознатите и с интерес към психологията - с погледа на самия човек зад иконата и за професионалистите - с пропомн ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology, meridian
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed and learned from this overview of Freud’s work. It is fascinating to note how much insight he had, and how much Jung really branches off Freud’s theories. It is a historical read, and it is important to be aware of our history. The index is great so you can easily reference most of his concepts by phrase. That said, what I found myself highlighting in the text were his moments of projection and self aggrandizement. At one point he blames his wife for postponi ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çevirmen yorumları da etkisiyle oldukça uzun ve psikoloji bilmeyip, bu konuya ilgili kişilere başta anlaması güç gelse de, oldukça güzel bir kitap. Freud'un yaşamına dair verilen bu yorum ve bilgiler sayesinde, okuduğunuz eserin içinde hissettiğiniz tüm o kendini kanıtlama çabasını daha rahat anlamlandırabiliyorsunuz. Bu kitabın üstüne Freud öğretilerinden sapan Jung ve Adler'in kitaplarını da okuyup, hangisine hak verdiğinizi seçmeniz gerektiğini hissettiriyor kitap. Psikolojiye ilginiz varsa m ...more
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Not exactly what I expected. Like Freud already mentioned at the end of the book, he kept his private life for himself because he thought it was not relevant (at least for this book). So this 'autobiographical study' is actually a brief summary of his work, development of his ideas and (some) thought processes behind it. Not detailed enough to provide reader a deeper understanding of psychosis, neurosis, dreams etc.. and lacking almost all informations needed to understand Freud and his state of ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Short concise story of professional career of founder of psycho-analysis. You will not find some mysteries from his private life here - only elements from his professional career that led to establishment of psycho-analysis as a way of treating and better understanding of human psyche.[return][return]Very interesting, recommended.
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Freud was a very honest writer. Although I disagree with him on most of his ideas, he is clear in laying out what he thinks and where he came up with the ideas. He was obviously a deep thinker, although I think in some cases far too deep.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Did did I read this out of coincidence, well not quite coincidence, on Valentine's day!?
Jean Kelly
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting little snippet - he does mention the start of his working with cocaine.
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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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“But hypnotism had been of immense help in the cathartic treatment, by widening the field of the patient's consciousness and putting within his reach knowledge which he did not possess in his waking life. It seemed no easy task to find a substitute for it. While I was in this perplexity there came to my help the recollection of an experiment which I had often witnessed while I was with Bernheim. When the subject awoke from the state of somnambulism, he seemed to have lost all memory of what had happened while he was in that state. But Bernheim maintained that the memory was present all the same; and if he insisted on the subject remembering, if he asseverated that the subject knew it all and had only to say it, and if at the same time he laid his hand on the subject's forehead, then the forgotten memories used in fact to return, hesitatingly at first, but eventually in a flood and with complete clarity. I determined that I would act the same way. My patients I reflected, must in fact 'know' all the things which had hitherto only been made accessible to them in hypnosis; and assurances and encouragement on my part, assisted perhaps by the touch of my hand, would, I thought, have the power of forcing the forgotten facts and connections into consciousness. No doubt this seemed a more laborious process than putting the patients into hypnosis, but it might prove highly instructive. So I abandoned hypnotism, only retaining my practice of requiring the patient to lie upon a sofa while I sat behind him, seeing him, but not seen myself.” 0 likes
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