Study & Essay Questions
How significant was Jewish culture and religion for Freud's life and work?
What were the basic elements of Freud's theory of the mind? Briefly describe the distinctions between the id, ego, and the superego, their relation to the conscious and the unconscious, and the meaning of the terms "neurosis," "libido," "cathexis," and "Oedipus complex."
Freud claimed that his work led to a striking change in the way people in Western culture conceived of themselves. What was this change? What was Freud's most important "discovery"?
Who was Wilhelm Fliess and why was he important for Freud and for psychoanalysis?
How did Freud's early training in physiology contribute to his psychoanalytic theories?
Why is Studies in Hysteria considered the first psychoanalytic book?
What are some of the criticisms that have been brought against Freud and psychoanalysis?
What effect did the First World War have on the psychoanalytic movement?
Explain the controversy between American and European psychoanalysts over "lay analysis."
What was a typical day in Freud's life like? Describe both the personal aspects (e.g. meals, family, hobbies) and the professional aspects (e.g. therapy sessions, writing, correspondence).
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