1st Edition

Sigmund Freud The Basics

By Janet Sayers Copyright 2021
    238 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sigmund Freud: The Basics is an easy-to-read introduction to the life and ideas of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis and a key figure in the history of psychology.

    Janet Sayers provides an accessible overview of Freud’s early life and work, beginning with his childhood. Her book includes the stories of his most famous patients: Dora, Little Hans, the Rat Man, Judge Schreber, and the Wolf Man. It also discusses Freud’s key ideas such as psychosexual development, the Oedipus complex, and psychoanalytic treatment. Sayers then covers Freud’s later work, with a description of his observations about depression, trauma and the death instinct, as well as his 1923 theory of the id, ego, and superego. The book includes a glossary of key terms and concludes with examples of how psychoanalysis has been applied to the study of art, literature, film, anthropology, religion, sociology, gender politics, and racism.

    Sigmund Freud: The Basics offers an essential introduction for students from all backgrounds seeking to understand Freud’s ideas and for general readers with an interest in psychology. For those already familiar with Freudian ideas, it offers a helpful guide to their interdisciplinary applications and context not least today.

    List of Figures



    Part I: Pre-psychoanalytic Freud

    1. Childhood and youth
    2. Talking cure
    3. Resistance and repression
    4. Repressed abuse
    5. Wishful fantasy
    6. Conclusions to Part I

      Part II: Unconscious-conscious dynamics

    7. Dreams
    8. Freudian slips
    9. Jokes
    10. Sex
    11. Conclusions to Part II

      Part III: Psychoanalytic case studies

    12. Dora’s dreams
    13. Hans’s phobia
    14. The rat man’s obsession
    15. Schreber’s schizophrenia
    16. The wolf man’s nightmare
    17. Conclusions to Part III

      Part IV: Consolidating psychoanalysis

    18. Freud vs. Jung
    19. Sex and repression
    20. Freudian symbols
    21. More about sex
    22. Symptom formation
    23. Psychoanalytic treatment
    24. Conclusions to Part IV

      Part V: War and its psychoanalytic aftermath

    25. Mourning and melancholia
    26. Trauma and the death instinct
    27. Oedipus, castration, penis envy
    28. Id-ego-superego
    29. Conclusions to Part V

      Part VI: Beyond clinical psychoanalysis

    30. Art, literature, film
    31. Anthropology
    32. Religion
    33. Sociology
    34. Gender politics
    35. Racism

    Conclusions to Part VI





    Janet Sayers is emeritus professor of psychoanalytic psychology at the University of Kent in Canterbury where she also works as a clinical psychologist for the National Health Service. Her previous Routledge books include Art, Psychoanalysis and Adrian Stokes: A Biography; Freud’s Art: Psychoanalysis Retold; and Boy Crazy: Remembering Adolescence, Therapies and Dreams.

    'An enjoyable and informative introduction to Freud’s work, illustrated with pithy examples of his own reasoning which artfully encourages the reader to learn more about psychoanalysis’s founding theorist and practitioner.' – Susie Orbach, author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and many other books, most recently In Therapy: The Unfolding Story

    'This book works through the fascinating string of ideas which Freud produced in trying to find access to the hidden unconscious area of the mind by which we all live. With this introductory text Janet Sayers provides comprehensive coverage of the many areas of human life and experience considered by Freud including his false starts, detours, and ways in which both he and his followers addressed issues in developmental and abnormal psychology as well as in the arts, social sciences, and in religion too.' – Bob Hinshelwood, psychoanalyst and emeritus professor, University of Essex

    "Overall, in a relatively short space, Sayers has written a balanced, scholarly and accessible introduction to Freud, which I think will appeal to students, as well as psychodynamic and psychoanalytic trainees." - Stephen Crawford, British Journal of Psychotherapy