Basic Freud

Basic Freud

Psychoanalytic Thought for the Twenty First Century

Book - 2002
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In Basic Freud, noted psychologist Michael Kahn shows that, even in the age of psychopharmaceuticals and cognitive therapy, Freud's insights into the unconscious remain unsurpassed tools for understanding our behaviors, motivations, and emotions. In a style accessible to any lay reader or beginning student in psychology, Kahn presents key ideas such as the Oedipus complex, the repetition compulsion, guilt, anxiety, and defense mechanisms, along with recent research that has supported or expanded Freud's findings. He also presents case studies from his own work as a psychotherapist to show how Freudian thought has been instrumental in helping patients discover who they are and escape from destructive patterns. Readers aware of Freud's ideas and those discovering them for the first time will benefit from Kahn's fresh, informed, and unpretentious approach.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780465037155
Branch Call Number: 150.1952 Kah
Characteristics: xiii, 226 p


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" Repression is indispensable. Incestuous wishes are a good example. Because few of us are planning to violate the taboos and take the consequences, it would be painful, frustrating, and guilt-provoking to be aware of those impulses. The same can be said for many of our erotic desires and many of our aggressive impulses. If we did not repress at all, we would be overwhelmed by the profusion of fantasies and impulses impinging on our consciousness." " 'Transference lies at the heart of psychoanalysis and was one of Freud's most central and profoundly creative discoveries. It is a powerful concept, speaking to the essence of the unconscious--the past hidden within the present--and of continuity--the present in continuum with the past.' "

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