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The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud Vol. 9 Paperback – Oct 1 2001
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"He was possessed of exceptional literary gifts. There can be no question that he was a great writer: to read him is to be beguiled by him... His influence on all of us was enormous, and it would be as impossible to return to a pre-Freudian way of thinking as to return to a pre-heliocentric theory of the solar system" The Times
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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was born in Moravia; between the ages of four and eighty-two his home was Vienna; in 1938 Hitler’s invasion of Austria forced him to seek asylum in London where he died. His life was uneventful, but his ideas have shaped not only many specialist disciplines, but the whole intellectual climate of the twentieth century.
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Then children, and adults themselves are not'purely thinking beings'(p 211) and many problems of people young and old are 'psychical conflict' and 'cessation of reflection'(p 214), and he talks of children and envy, and boys obsessions and castration complex. The most important part of the book and a great insight is his view of the violence in people starting in childhood and being weeded out of them somehow, but not always. Children always want to do'something violent' 'knock to pieces, to tear open a whole somewhere'(aperture as sex obsession)..and he discusses the baby and stork, child's wonderment of where babies come from, and from an early time a child's linking of sex and violence. The 'impulse towards 'creul behavior'(p 221) and a woman in her relations 'defending herself against an act of violence'(p 221) Then a chapter 'Some General remarks on hysterical attacks' dealing with fantasies and an important point the'reversal of the chronological order'(p 230) in fantasies toward the 'process of satisfaction'(p 232)
Liberation is then discusses and it is a religious impulse like the year of jubilee among jews. interesting is the child(male) fixation on mother's love life and romances 'mother as many fictitious love affairs'(p 240)..then his 10 favorite books and his views of the purpose of the person as 'goodness far above beauty edification above aesthetic enjoyment' (P 247)one oh his favorite american writer is the humorist Mark Twain, well regarded worldwide.
The beginning and a large part of the book is on fetishes among the ruins of pompei and a statuette...the dreaming personality building'castles in the air..daydreams' but also on the fetish prior to that(p 145)...and also the idea of 'forepleasure'(p 152) today called foreplay particular to humans and our fantasizing minds. as he works toward 'liberation of tensions in our minds'(p 153)..As we move on in this series, and we began with the censoreship in the arts, and a popular worldview of the family and culture, which is now displaced, and is the root of the cause probably of modern demographics and its downward turn. The most important parts of this book, are the fetish beginning, the idea of violence children and sex and associations, and liberation and edification which forms the end
the book acknowledging a 'jewish religious teacher'(p 255) 'spark'..'burned in him'(p 255) the prophetic zeal like the prophet jeremiah who was as here described, and he looks back to the 'German classical period'(p 255) compared to his times, but pays homage and 'gratitude towards a revered teacher'(p 256) which was a value of German and Jewish culture, but not often exalted outside these areas. That's my interpretation of this volume.