The volume Freud for Beginners is the same as this UK edition, and it is Freud for Beginners which can be sold in Canada by the publishers.
‘Immensely resourceful, comic and dramatic ... a remarkably effective introduction.’ Guardian
Sigmund Freud was born 150 years ago, in May 1856, and went on to revolutionise the way we think about ourselves. Along with Darwin, Marx and Einstein, he is considered one of the key thinkers of the modern world. However, he excites huge controversy, with virulent opponents and loyal champions still battling out the meaning of his work.
Does the unconscious exist – and are dreams the ‘royal road’ to it? Do all men secretly want to have sex with their mothers and kill their fathers? Do all girls suffer from ‘penis envy’? Freud’s terms such as Id, Ego, Libido, Neurosis and Oedipus Complex may have become common currency – but do we know what they really mean?
Introducing Freud’s irreverent and witty approach, which has made it a bestseller throughout the world, demystifies Freud’s psychoanalysis. It tells the incredible story of Freud’s life and ideas from his upbringing in 19th-century Vienna to the gradual evolution of his theories on the unconscious, dreams and sexuality.
Including for the first time a thought-provoking discussion of Freud with Jonathan Miller, this is the ideal introduction to the life and work of this challenging and seminal thinker.
Richard Appignanesi is a novelist, editor and publisher, and a Research Fellow at King's College London. He is the originating editor of the Introducing series.
Oscar Zarate is one of the UK’s leading graphic artists. He has illustrated numerous Introducing titles. His graphic novel A Small Killing won the Will Eisner Prize.