This book is not a stand alone text. Its more a conclusion of Freud's lifetime of thoughts on the Un/Conscious mind. I picked up this text after reading Bruno Bettelheim's Uses Of Enchantment, a Freudian discourse about the Child's developing sexuality. The fist section of the book uses Freud's Ego-Id-Super Ego as the main description of the human mind. So I thought i'll go right to the source itself.
The introduction and notes by Peter Gay at first confused me, but then after a while became invaluable in pointing out where Freud has "elsewhere expressed his views. (in that particular case Beyond the Pleasure Principle)". Now, I've read Chapter Seven of The Interpretation Of Dreams (1900) and found it easy enough to understand his mechanics of the mind. But there is 23 years between this text and that text.
To find this book useful one would need to be very familiar with Freud's ideas over the course of his life. I would think the best way to understand this text is to build a chronological bibliography, using Peter Gay's notes, off Freud's thoughts and deliberations on the mechanics of the human mind. Then I am sure this book would read as an easy over view of one mans life works
Included are photos of four pages taken from the bibliography of Freud's writings that are relevent to the main text.
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; The Standard edition (1 April 1962)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393001423
- ISBN-13: 978-0393001426
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 113 g
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