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Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought

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Freuds concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has undergone an enormous expansion and transformation over the past fifty years. With Freud and Beyond, Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black make contemporary psychoanalytic thinking—the body of work that has been done since Freud—available for the first time. Richly illustrated with case examples, this lively, jargon-free introduction makes modern psychoanalytic thought accessible at last.

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"Freuds concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has un"

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"Freuds concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has un"

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Stephen A. Mitchell is the author of Hope and Dread in Psychoanalysis, a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, and on the faculty at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Margaret J. Black is Board Director and Director of Continuing Education at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Stephen A. Mitchell is the author of Hope and Dread in Psychoanalysis, a training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, and on the faculty at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Margaret J. Black is Board Director and Director of Continuing Education at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

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lupabitch, September 28, 2008 (view all comments by lupabitch)
When many people think of Sigmund Freud, they immediately come up with an image of a bearded man taking notes on the words of a patient on a couch. Psychoanalysis is often linked to overly reductionist (and usually poorly informed) stereotypes that focus entirely on the sexual aspects of the Oedipus complex and related concepts. Yet Freud was the catalyst for what, in just over a century, has become a rich set of therapeutic theories and techniques that are at the basis of the majority of therapies today. The misinterpretations surrounding Freud's works can't eliminate the impact psychoanalysis has had on both psychological practice and the Western mind.

"Freud and Beyond" by Stephen A. Mitchell is a superb overview of Freud's theories and their origins, as well as some of the more prevalent derivations thereof. The ego psychology developed by Freud's daughter, Anna, Erik Erikson's developmental theories, Melanie Klein's controversial object relations--all these and more are covered in detail. The reader is offered a journey through the evolution of psychoanalysis from the very beginning to the 21st century, which should serve to clear up a good number of misconceptions.

While I encountered "Freud and Beyond" as a graduate school textbook, it is equally suitable for the layperson who wants a good bit of nonfiction to read. While thoroughly researched and of high academic quality, Mitchell's writing style should be accessible and engaging for most readers. He's also quite good at showing where psychoanalysis has shaped modern thought in other disciplines, as well as in Western cultures in general. Readers may be surprised at just how familiar some of the material is. On the other hand, Mitchell is not merely a Freudian apologist. He is well aware of the controversies and shortcomings of psychoanalysis, and the final two chapters discuss these in the context of the rest of the book.

Overall, this is a great book with many potential audiences. Whether you're approaching psychology with great gusto, or you're simply curious about what the story behind the couch is, "Freud and Beyond" will give you a much better understanding of just what Sigmund and Co. were thinking about.
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Callan, October 22, 2006 (view all comments by Callan)
The psychoanalytic innovator Stephen A. Mitchell and his partner the psychoanalyst Margaret J. Black teamed up to present this introduction to the history of modern psychoanalytic thought. In a neutral yet enjoyable style, it provides a good jumping-off point into deeper reading in various schools and ideas (ego psych, object relations, Lacan). An overview of the development of psychoanalysis is given, and though it's limited by its 250 pages, it opens a window onto insights and ideas that have been so influential to the cultural life we find ourselves in. Plus, it's always fun to start analyzing your friends in new ways!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465014057
With:
Black, Margaret J.
Author:
Black, Margaret J.
Author:
Mitchell, Stephen A.
Author:
Mitchell, Steven
Author:
Black, Margaret
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medical sciences
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Methodology x
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Movements - Behaviorism
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Freud, Sigmund
Subject:
Psychology : General
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Trade Paper
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no. 2
Publication Date:
19960831
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English
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320
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9.25 x 6.13 in 15.6 oz

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