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Ivan Ward

Introducing Psychoanalysis

The ideas of psychoanalysis have permeated Western culture. It is the dominant paradigm through which we understand our emotional lives, and Freud still finds himself an iconic figure. Yet despite the constant stream of anti-Freud literature, little is known about contemporary psychoanalysis.
Introducing Psychoanalysis redresses the balance. It introduces psychoanalysis as a unified 'theory of the unconscious' with a variety of different theoretical and therapeutic approaches, explains some of the strange ways in which psychoanalysts think about the mind, and is one of the few books to connect psychoanalysis to everyday life and common understanding of the world.
How do psychoanalysts conceptualize the mind?
Why was Freud so interested in sex?
Is psychoanalysis a science?
How does analysis work?
In answering these questions, this book offers new insights into the nature of psychoanalytic theory and original ways of describing therapeutic practice. The theory comes alive through Oscar Zarate's insightful and daring illustrations, which enlighten the text. In demystifying and explaining psychoanalysis, this book will be of interest to students, teachers and the general public.
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  • b9420078462has quoted4 years ago
    When psychoanalysts talk of a “dynamic” unconscious, they add a lot more weight to the notion by their assumptions of the role that it is always playing in our lives.
  • b9420078462has quoted4 years ago
    In Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams (1900), the metaphor of depth is reproduced in the distinction between the “manifest content” of the dream and the unconscious “latent content”.
  • b9420078462has quoted4 years ago
    Psychoanalysis is more than a particular set of concepts and therapeutic procedures.

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