Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 23, 2015

byDaniel Pick

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Since its inception, psychoanalysis has been hailed as a revolutionary theory of how the mind works, whilst some of its ideas such as the Oedipus complex have become part of everyday conversation. In Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction, Daniel Pick offers a lucid, lively, andwide-ranging survey of psychoanalysis. This book offers the reader a flavour of what it might be like to enter treatment, and suggests the possible surprises that can await both analyst and patient, as well as the potential benefits. Yet whilst Freud's writings have shaped the way many of us understand dreams, desires, and destructiveness, as well as anxieties, blunders, and guilt, numerous critics have warned of the dangerous methods and time-bound assumptions of psychoanalysis, doubted the efficacy of its drawn-out methods,and dismissed its core claims as pseudo-science. Looking at modern ideas of the self, exploring the nature of unconscious aspects of relationships, and considering how psychoanalysis has evolved, Pick ponders the particular challenges now facing the analytic profession, and shows why psychoanalysisremains an important resource for investigating the mind, its creative functioning and many afflictions.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Since its inception, psychoanalysis has been hailed as a revolutionary theory of how the mind works, whilst some of its ideas such as the Oedipus complex have become part of everyday conversation. In Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction, Daniel Pick offers a lucid, lively, andwide-ranging survey of psychoanalysis. This book offers...

Daniel Pick is a psychoanalyst and historian. He is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London, a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and of the Royal Historical Society. He is also an editor of History Workshop Journal, is on the editorial board of the New Library of Psychoanalysis, and a member of the a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:August 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199226814

ISBN - 13:9780199226818

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. How psychoanalysis began3. A case of obsessional neurosis4. Oedipus5. Analytic space, time, and technique6. Politics and upheavals7. Innovations and controversies8. Unconscious dramas9. Concluding remarksNotesFurther readingIndex