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How To Read Sigmund Freud?

In this post, we tell you how you should go about reading Sigmund Freud's works.

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. The video below will explain Freud’s approach on psychotherapy:

How to read Freud’s books:

Sigmund Freud’s works are numerous, and therefore, it can be a real task to identify which books should one go for, or how to even start? Most people fall into this common trap of beginning with the most popular work of an author (which, in this case is, The Interpretation of Dreams) and often fail to grasp the full value of that author’s works. How should you approach Freud, then? Here’s how:

  1. You can start with The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, which was published in 1904, five years after The Interpretation of Dreams. The main purpose of reading this book first is that it consists of familiar, day-to-day situations and are explained accordingly. Thus, it becomes much easier for a new reader to enter Freudian Psychology.
  2. Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis can be read after that as it contains methodical exposition of Freud’s theories. These lectures were published in 1915-17 and Freud himself ensured that are well understood by the common public.
  3. Now, it can be a good time to read The Interpretation of Dreams. You can also read its abridged version, which is titled On Dreams. In this book, Freud introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation, and discusses what would later become the theory of the Oedipus Complex. But, what is Oedipus Complex? Let’s see:
  4. You can then read two of his important works Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego and The Ego and the Id, which were published in 1921 and 1923 respectively.
  5. Wait, it’s not over yet. There is a whole treasury of Freud’s theories and you will need a lot of time to read it all. But, now that you are quite familiar with Freud’s theories, you can pick up any book based on your interest and enjoy it.

Thank you!

 

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