Freud on the Psychology of Ordinary Mental Life by Susan SugarmanFreud on the Psychology of Ordinary Mental Life by Susan Sugarman

Freud on the Psychology of Ordinary Mental Life

bySusan Sugarman

Hardcover | May 16, 2010

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This book works to expose that vision and to demonstrate its fertility for further inquiry. It reconstructs several of Freud's works on ordinary mental life, tracking his method of inquiry, in particular his search for the child within the adult, and culminating in a deployment of his tools independently of his analyses. It shows how to read Freud for his insight and generativity and how to push beyond the confines of his analyses in pursuit of new lines of exploration. In this endeavor, in turn, it at once echoes and encourages the spirit of play with ideas so characteristic of, and so engaging in, Freud.
Susan Sugarman, professor of psychology at Princeton University, where she also teaches in the Council of the Humanities, is the author of empirical and theoretical works on the cognitive development of children. Attracted by Freud's investigative tactic of using the child to understand the adult, she has written more recently on Freud...
Title:Freud on the Psychology of Ordinary Mental LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 8.51 × 5.38 × 0.57 inPublished:May 16, 2010Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442204036

ISBN - 13:9781442204034


Table of Contents

1 Chapter 1. Introduction to the Inquiry 2 Chapter 2. The Pleasure Principle 3 Chapter 3. Meaning and Determinism and the Search for Anomalies 4 Chapter 4. Conscious and Unconscious, Repression, and Development 5 Chapter 5. Developmental Analysis as Investigatory Tool 6 Chapter 6. Getting Lost in Someone Else's Story, "Creative writers and daydreaming" (1908) 7 Chapter 7. Why We Laugh at Something Funny, Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious (1905) 8 Chapter 8. The Experience of the "Uncanny", "The 'uncanny'" (1919) 9 Chapter 9. The Paradox of Surprise in the Face of Certainty, "A disturbance of memory on the Acropolis" (1936) 10 Chapter 10. What Makes Choice Difficult When It Is: A Freud-Inspired Excursion 11 Chapter 11. Mourning and Mental Health, "On transience" (1916),"Mourning and melancholia" (1917)

Editorial Reviews

An extraordinary work on ordinary mental life. As Susan Sugarman, with great clarity and ease, creates wonder at and appreciation for the remarkable insight and generativity of Freud's mind, she also recreates for the reader the pleasures of discovering how remarkable are the workings of the healthy mind in the realm of ordinary experience. This is a perfect book for introducing undergraduates to Freud's theory of mind and its development.