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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (Penguin Classics)by Sigmund Freud
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The most trivial slips of the tongue or pen, Freud believed, can reveal our secret ambitions, worries, and fantasies. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life ranks among his most enjoyable works. Starting with the story of how he once forgot the name of an Italian painter—and how a young acquaintance mangled a quotation from Virgil through fears that his girlfriend might be pregnant—it brings together a treasure trove of muddled memories, inadvertent actions, and verbal tangles. Amusing, moving, and deeply revealing of the repressed, hypocritical Viennese society of his day, Freud's dazzling interpretations provide the perfect introduction to psychoanalytic thinking in action.
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<:st> Paul Keegan (formerly editor of Penguin Classics and now poetry editor at Faber & Faber) provides a substantial introduction to this translation, by Anthea Bell, of Freud's seminal text (which is cited in Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) lived his entire life in Vienna until Hitler's invasion of Austria forced him to seek asylum in London in 1938. The father of psychoanalysis, he exerted a profound influence over the whole intellectual climate of the twentieth century.
Adam Phillips was formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He is the author of several books on psychoanalysis, including On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; Darwin's Worms; Promises, Promises; and Houdini's Box.
Paul Keegan is the poetry editor at Faber and Faber.
Anthea Bell translated E. T. A. Hoffman's The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr for Penguin Classics and has received a number of translation awards.
Table of Contents
I. Forgetting Proper Names
II. Forgetting Foreign Words
III. Forgetting Names and Sequences of Words
IV. On Childhood Memories and Screen Memories
V. Slips of the Tongue
VI. Slips in Reading and Slips of the Pen
VII. Forgetting Impressions and Intentions
VIII. Inadvertent Actions
IX. Symptomatic and Fortuitous Actions
X. Making Mistakes
XI. Combined Slips
XII. Determinism - Belief in Chance and Superstition - Some Points of View
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