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The perfect book for trainees, students, and professionals looking to learn more about the development of Freud’s thinking within two main focal points: the relationship between mind and body, and his ideas concerning the role of sexuality in human development, behaviour, and the creation of neurotic disturbances.
Read Barry R. Silverstein’s blog post discussing his motivations for writing the book, touching on the legacy of the father of psychoanalysis and the confusion that remains around his thoughts on the mind-body relationship.
Barry R. Silverstein
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Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Theory
Renowned Freud scholar Barry R. Silverstein presents in a historical context an overview of the development of Freud’s theories. What was Freud thinking, when, and why, and what were the major influences which shaped his ideas? The book follows the inner movement of Freud’s theory construction, its meaning and coherence, as well as his conceptual logic and personal directions concerning his evolving views of the reciprocal interactions between mind and body, the motivational force of instinctual drives, and the dominant role of sexuality rooted in evolutionary biology in human development, behaviour, and the creation of neurotic disturbances. It also follows Freud’s construction and sequential reconstructions of his theoretical models concerning the nature, dynamics, and principles of unconscious mental functioning, including his changing concepts on the nature and purpose of dreams. The book traces his changing views on the role of deferred action of early childhood experiences, the determining role of unconscious fantasy, and psychic reality in the formation of adult character structure and neuroses. Through such historical analysis, The Evolution of Freud provides grounding for a meaningful understanding of Freud’s familiar concepts: id, ego, superego, and the Oedipus complex. It explores what these concepts meant to Freud, why he conceived them, and what functions they served in his theory of mind.
This is the perfect book for students and trainees wanting to learn more about the development of Freud’s ideas, as well as for established psychoanalysts and psychotherapists interested in expanding their knowledge of Freud’s theories.
Barry R. Silverstein is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. His early research as a developmental psychologist produced the book (with Ronald Krate) Children of the Dark Ghetto: A Developmental Psychology (Praeger, 1975), a study of the development of minority, inner-city children that is still widely cited. As an independent Freud researcher for more than forty years, he has published on the history of psychoanalysis in the journals: The Psychoanalytic Review, American Imago, The Annual of Psychoanalysis, American Psychologist, Psych CRITIQUES, The Journal of Psychohistory, and Psychological Reports. His Freud studies essays have been published in the volumes: Freud: Appraisals and Reappraisals: Contributions to Freud Studies, Vol. 1 (The Analytic Press, 1986), and Sigmund Freud: Critical Assessments (Routledge, 1989). His invited essay on the origins and history of psychoanalysis was published in The Freud Encyclopedia, Theory, Therapy, and Culture (Routledge, 2002). He authored the book: What was Freud Thinking? A Short Historical Introduction to Freud’s Theories and Therapies (Kendall-Hunt, 2003). He was a frequently invited reviewer for the journal, Psychoanalytic Books.
Part One: Freud on mind and body
Mind and Body
From “The Project” to Metapsychology
Metapsychology: The Interpretation of Dreams
Motivation and Conflict: The Instinctual Drives
The Riddle of Hypnosis
The Defensive Ego
Civilization and Dr. Freud’s Discontents
Part Two: Freud on sexuality and neuroses
Studies on Hysteria
Sexuality and Neuroses
From Hypnosis to “Pressure”
The “Seduction Theory”
Fragments of Freud’s Self-Analysis
The Dilemma of Suggestion
From Suggestion to Transference
Childhood Sexuality and Evolutionary Biology
Defending the Sexual Theory
Development: Adult Character Types and Neuroses
Freud on Religion
FIRING THE MIND MEMBERS