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Reads tagged with “Freud”

How to Live with Death
How to Live with Death

Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips on how Darwin and Freud reframed our mortality as an organizing principle of human life.

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Freud on Memory, How Childhood Imprints the Subconscious, and Why We Dream
Freud on Memory, How Childhood Imprints the Subconscious, and Why We Dream

“Every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, and one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state.”

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Freud’s Life and Legacy, in a Comic
Freud’s Life and Legacy, in a Comic

“You have to listen carefully. The unconscious mind is crafty.”

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Philosopher Judith Butler on Doubting Love
Philosopher Judith Butler on Doubting Love

“Love is not a state, a feeling, a disposition, but an exchange, uneven, fraught with history, with ghosts, with longings that are more or less legible to those who try to see one another with their own faulty vision.”

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The Freud Files: How Freud Engineered His Own Myth
The Freud Files: How Freud Engineered His Own Myth

What Copernicus and Darwin have to do with Marie Bonaparte’s diary and Carl Jung’s scathing fury.

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Against Self-Criticism: Adam Phillips on How Our Internal Critics Enslave Us, the Stockholm Syndrome of the Superego, and the Power of Multiple Interpretations
Against Self-Criticism: Adam Phillips on How Our Internal Critics Enslave Us, the Stockholm Syndrome of the Superego, and the Power of Multiple Interpretations

“In broaching the possibility of being, in some way, against self-criticism, we have to imagine a world in which celebration is less suspect than criticism.”

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Lou Andreas-Salomé, the First Woman Psychoanalyst, on Human Nature in Letters to Freud
Lou Andreas-Salomé, the First Woman Psychoanalyst, on Human Nature in Letters to Freud

“The main thing is that life-faith is essentially and vitally present, by means of which we survive.”

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Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature
Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature

“Every man has a right over his own life and war destroys lives that were full of promise.”

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Freud on Creative Writing and Daydreaming
Freud on Creative Writing and Daydreaming

“The opposite of play is not what is serious but what is real.”

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