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Freudian Thought for the Contemporary Clinician: A Primer on Psychoanalytic Theory
Robert Mendelsohn
Routledge / Softcover / Nov 2021
9780367774417 (ISBN-10: 0367774410)
Freud / Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
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This book uses clear language, modern contexts and key psychoanalytic concepts to exemplify how Sigmund Freud’s thinking and legacy is directly relevant to contemporary therapists.

Interweaving theory with history, Freudian Thought for the Contemporary Clinician allows readers to take a walk in Freud’s shoes, offering a new framework for understanding his arcane language and the cultural mores of the early 20th century. Robert Mendelsohn explores topics including sexuality and gender, racial injustice and cultural differences with direct reference to Freud’s cases, demonstrating how traditional psychoanalytic ideas may inform solutions to issues we face today.

Featuring clinical examples and philosophical explorations delivered in an accessible style, Freudian Thought for the Contemporary Clinician will be a key text for psychoanalytic clinicians in practice and in training. It will also be of great interest to academics and scholars of psychoanalytic studies, the history of psychology and the history of ideas.


This excellent book written by a renowned clinician and teacher brings Freuds' insights into life in the 21st century. Dr. Mendelsohn's latest book provides an opportunity to experience Freud's deep understanding of human nature in a way that is most relevant to our current lives and culture. This book will be helpful to students, to teachers and professors and to whoever is interested to gain insight into the human mind and nature.

Jacques P. Barber, Dean and Professor, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University

Table of Contents

List of Figures





Chapter 1
The exploration of the neurosis and the early origins of psychoanalysis
(Source: Studies On Hysteria, 1895)

Chapter 2

Dreams: Psychoanalysis begins (Source: The Interpretation of Dreams, 1900)

Chapter 3
Dreams: Where psychoanalysis begins; an early structural model of the mind

(Source: The Interpretation of Dreams, 1900)

Chapter 4
Sexuality and the "stages of development" theory

(Source: Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality, 1905)

Chapter 5
Psychoanalysis and the beginnings of a "theory of mind"

(Source: The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, 1901)

Chapter 6
The beginning of ego psychology: The process of identification

(Sources: On Narcissism, 1914, and Mourning and Melancholia, 1917)

Chapter 7
Further explorations in ego psychology: "Beyond the pleasure principle" and the ego, the id and the superego

(Sources: Beyond the Pleasure Principle, 1920, and The Ego and the Id, 1923)

Chapter 8
Further explorations in ego psychology: A new theory of anxiety, a new theory of defense and a new theory of object relations

(Source: Inhibitions, Symptoms & Anxiety, 1923)

Chapter 9
Freud’s case studies I: Hysteria

(Source: The Case of Dora, 1905)

Chapter 10
Freud’s Case studies II: Obsessional neurosis, phobia and reconstruction

(Sources: the Rat Man, 1909, and the Wolfman, 1918)

Chapter 11
Freud’s psychoanalysis: A "talk therapy" for the 21st century




About the Author:

Robert Mendelsohn is Professor of Psychology and former Dean at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology of Adelphi University, USA.

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