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Freud, Psychoanalysis and Symbolism - Agnes Petocz

Freud, Psychoanalysis and Symbolism

Hardcover Published: 13th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521591522
Number Of Pages: 298

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Freud, Psychoanalysis and Symbolism offers an innovative general theory of symbolism, derived from Freud's psychoanalytic theory and relocated within mainstream scientific psychology. It is the first systematic investigation of the development of Freud's treatment of symbolism throughout his published works, and discovers in those writings a broad theory which is far superior to the widely accepted, narrow, 'official' view. Agnes Petocz argues that the treatment of symbolism must begin with the identification and clarification of a set of logical constraints and psychological requirements which any general theory of symbolism must respect, and that these requirements have been neglected by existing accounts across a number of disciplines. Her newly proposed 'Freudian broad' theory of symbolism, by contrast, does meet these requirements, but only after it has been rehabilitated within a revised psychoanalytic context, encompassing major changes to our understanding of the concepts of unconscious and repression and the role of language.

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'Performs a remarkable service to psychoanalytic scholarship in clarifying conceptual confusions with which is has long been bedevilled.' The Times Literary Supplement

Exegesis and Extraction
From disorder towards the focus of inquiry
The 'Freudian narrow' theory of symbolism
The 'symbol' in Freud's early writings (1893-1899)
Continuation and elaboration (1900-1913)
The 'core years' for the Freudian Narrow theory (1914-1917)
The treatment of symbolism in Freud's later writings (1918-1940)
Consolidation and Defence
The problem of the 'system unconscious'
The problem of language
Ernest Jones's contribution
The 'Freudian Broad' theory of symbolism
Symbolism: logical constraints and psychological requirements
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ISBN: 9780521591522
ISBN-10: 052159152X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 13th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59