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Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
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Jun 09, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction

Yet another difficult, convoluted and disappointing Freud book. I'm repeatedly drawn into reading freud books because of one or two really interesting ideas that i catch here and there, but for about 60% of any freud book, i have no idea what he's talking about.

This series of lectures, addressed to the layman, is slightly more comprehensible than some of his more famous books but still dabbles heavily in specialist language and in-depth analyses of highly academic ideas. Freud also seems to spend a lot of time being very defensive, providing counter-arguments to perceived criticisms and when you just want him to explain his ideas, this gets kind of tiresome.

I probably won't read Freud anymore. I like some of his ideas, but there just has to be a better way of learning them than reading through these difficult, clunky texts.

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