A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory

A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory

By: Stephen Frosh (author)Paperback

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Psychoanalytic theory remains hugely influential to our understanding of the mind and human behaviour. It provides a rich source of ideas for therapeutic practice, while offering dramatic insights for the study of culture and society. This comprehensive review of the field: Explores the birth of psychoanalysis, taking the reader step by step through Freud's original ideas and how they developed and evolved. Provides a clear account of fundamental psychoanalytic concepts. Discusses the different schools of psychoanalysis that have emerged since Freud. Illustrates the wider applications of psychoanalytic ideas across film, literature and politics. Written by a highly respected authority on psychoanalysis, this book is essential reading for trainees in counselling and psychotherapy, as well as for students across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

About Author

STEPHEN FROSH Pro-Vice-Master and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. He is the author of many books and papers on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis, including Hate and the 'Jewish Science': Anti-Semitism, Nazism and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2005), For and Against Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2006), After Words (Palgrave, 2002) and The Politics of Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 1999). His most recent books are Psychoanalysis Outside the Clinic (Palgrave, 2010) and Feelings (Routledge, 2011).


PART I: FREUDIAN THEORY The Appeal of Psychoanalysis.- A Family History of Psychoanalysis.- What Freud was Trying to Do.- The Freudian Unconscious.- Sex, Aggression, Life and death.- Repression and Other Defences.- The Structure of the Mind: Id, Ego, Superego.- Oedipus, Masculinity, Femininity.- Psychopathology: What Makes Us Sad (and Mad).- PART II: DEVELOPMENTS IN PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY Psychoanalysts After Freud.- Attachment and Mentalisation.- The Principles of Object Relations Theory.- Mourning, Melancholia, Depression and Loss.- The Paranoid-Schizoid Position and Other Extremes.- Projection and Projective Identification.- Lacanian Psychoanalysis .- Interpretation and Transference .- Psychotherapeutic Relationships.- PART III: WIDER APPLICATIONS Psychoanalysis, Film and Literature.- Politics and Society.- Conclusion.- Recommended Reading

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  • ISBN13: 9780230369306
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780230369306
  • weight: 302
  • ISBN10: 0230369308

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