Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part3

Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part 3 is an essential part in the analyst’s arsenal. Written some 17 years after his Interpretation of Dreams (1900) and following up on his first Introductory Lecture on Dreams, Part 1&2 (Volume 15) Freud summarizes here for us his theoretical researches on:

  • the sense of symptoms
  • fixation to traumas, the unconscious
  • resistance and repression
  • the sexual life of human beings
  • the development of the libido and the sexual organizations
  • thoughts on development and regression – aetiology
  • the path to the formation of symptoms
  • the common neurotic state
  • anxiety
  • the libido theory and narcissism
  • transference
  • analytic therapy

Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part 3 (volume 16) is of significant help to those readers, analysts and therapists who wish to get to Freud’s foundational ideas and principles directly. If Freud had already began to develop most of those themes in his previous works, this is not to say that in this volume those subjetcs are not even more polished and consolidated. Freud’s writing is as always most illuminating to read. Reading Freud is already enough to be able to feel as if the effects of psychoanalysis are at play in the reader – transformative reading.

Each subjects treated in this Introductory Lectures on Psycho-analysis, Part 3 form the foundation of a Freudian practice. It would become the base upon which all the following psychoanalytic shools of thoughts would be built. In reaction to what eventually became a misguided use of his ideas, Lacan even declared his work was effectively a return to Freud. A brief glance suggests the bulk of Freud’s theoretical preoccupations centres around the notion of the symptom, its formation, aetiology, regression, the fixation and a regression of the libido to those traumatic moments that were psychically overwhelming for the subject. Lacan would later expand on what he called the order of the Real in his theoretical work on anxiety.

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