Freud: A Very Short Introduction.



FREUD: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION. Anthony Storr. 2004. Read by Neville Jason. Abridged. 3 cds. 4 hrs. Naxos Audiobooks. 9-6263-4297-8. $19.98. Cardboard, plastic; content, reader notes. SA

Pondering whether psychoanalysis is a science or a belief system, Storr depicts the ideas of Freud as more a movement that has influenced how we view human nature than a medical treatment. In this contribution to Oxford University Press's Very Short Introduction series, Storr draws from a background of thorough scholarship. He walks the listener briskly through the life and evolving ideas of Freud, using, with definitions, the vocabulary that has insinuated itself into the popular lexicon: id, ego, and superego: narcissism, aggression, repression, paranoia, free association, transference and countertransference; unconscious and subconscious; sex, the death instinct, and dream interpretation. He talks about how Freud treated his patients, who were mostly neurotic upper-class Viennese women (almost never persons with severe mental illness), the process of psychoanalysis he pioneered, and the fellow professionals who accepted or disagreed with his ideas during his lifetime to today.

Students who need an overview of their basic course will appreciate this absorbing, well-abridged audiobook. Jason narrates with a light British accent and varied pacing that fits aptly with the content of the text.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.

A--Recommended for advanced students and adults. This code will help librarians and teachers working in high schools where there are honors and advanced placement students. This also will help extend KLIATT's usefulness in public libraries.

Edna Boardman, Bismarck, ND

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