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This series of 28 lectures was given by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, during the First World War and first published in English in 1920.

The purpose of this general introduction was to present his work and ideas - as they had matured at that point - to a general public; and even though there was to be considerable development and change over the ensuing years, these talks still offer a valuable and remarkably approachable entry point to his revolutionary concepts.

The talks are divided into three parts: 'The Psychology of Errors' (which later became known as 'Freudian Slips'), 'The Dream' (his broad views on interpretation) and 'General Theory of Neuroses'. Within these sections appear many of his concepts which have found their way into the wider consciousness of modern man - the key role of sex in forming our thoughts and behavior, the Oedipus complex, the libido, sublimation, fixation, regression and suppression and the unconscious. He was determined to show how psychoanalysis could help reveal the causes of neuroses and lead to clarity for the patient - as opposed to the approach taken by psychiatrists.

Freud refers to his early use of hypnotism, which he later discarded, and many more steps which led him to his conclusions that the powerful part played by sexual impulses, often dating back to childhood, pursued individuals into adulthood.

Freud's text is well served by a clear presentation from Nigel Carrington. Translation by G. Stanley Hall.

Public Domain (P)2016 Ukmei Productions Ltd

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Simply Spectacular

A must for anyone interested in psych theory. The overview it supplies is truly tremendous. Whether you a training healthcare professional, or someone curious of the inner processes of the human workings, it stands apart as a great place to start the journey within.

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Excellent Narration

it would be silly to rate the book itself. it's freud. If you want to lightly read Freud this is a solid way to do it.

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Well, I am eating my words, he's a genius

Though the content was much too dense to follow in one listen through, I am certainly going to go through it again. I feel that the most important thing a teacher can do is arouse questions, and Freud has done that as well as any this far in my life. The last lecture on transference was a pretty big blow to my romanticism, but I feel I will be better for it.

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Terrible reading

The narrator sounds like a voice artist from Family Guy or The Simpsons doing a terrible, over-the-top British accent. It's comical. Sadly, it wears thin pretty quickly and makes for an unpleasant listen. Will stick to the Kindle version for now.

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  • Nicola
  • 12-12-17

An important context for modern psychotherapy

Whilst the themes are dated,
this book gives a context for current models. Some of the language is politically highly incorrect and these days unacceptable. the domineering approach of the therapist also thankfully outdated, however it is worth getting over these problems and giving Freud a chance. where the modern relevance is questionable (apart from the offering of a context) it is always interesting and thought provoking.

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  • Patches Hillyard
  • 01-23-18

some interesting points

enjoyable, educational, a little too much at times, not sure if I believe some concepts

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-20

a good read

on Audio it is easy to listen to. many happy hours listening whilst walking the dog

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  • Lee
  • 03-13-20

Interesting book

This is an ok book for getting to hear the basics for the introduction of Psychoanalysis.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-19

Profoundly Interesting and enjoyable!

The gratitude felt towards Ukemi Audiobooks and Audible for providing so many non-fiction treasures in audio format. The narrator does a proper job of not annoying the listener, and if you can handle the dry parts one always stumbles across in a non fiction books, you'll be greatly rewarded in a heightened understanding of the mind and it's processes.

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  • roman
  • 08-07-19

not what expect

I thought will be more about psychology
not really impressed of contest
thanks very much

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  • Eamon
  • 12-08-17

Hard to follow

Very drawn out. Bit boring. Needed to summary rather than listen like a university lecture.

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