The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142437438
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


The most trivial slips of the tongue or pen, Freud believed, can reveal our secret ambitions, worries, and fantasies. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life ranks among his most enjoyable works. Starting with the story of how he once forgot the name of an Italian painter—and how a young acquaintance mangled a quotation from Virgil through fears that his girlfriend might be pregnant—it brings together a treasure trove of muddled memories, inadvertent actions, and verbal tangles. Amusing, moving, and deeply revealing of the repressed, hypocritical Viennese society of his day, Freud’s dazzling interpretations provide the perfect introduction to psychoanalytic thinking in action.

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Table of Contents

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life – Sigmund Freud Introduction
Translator’s Preface
I. Forgetting Proper Names
II. Forgetting Foreign Words
III. Forgetting Names and Sequences of Words
IV. On Childhood Memories and Screen Memories
V. Slips of the Tongue
VI. Slips in Reading and Slips of the Pen
VII. Forgetting Impressions and Intentions
VIII. Inadvertent Actions
IX. Symptomatic and Fortuitous Actions
X. Making Mistakes
XI. Combined Slips
XII. Determinism – Belief in Chance and Superstition – Some Points of View
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