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Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst This biography was truly a pleasure to read Phillips gives us an insightful reflection on the life and work of Freud It doesn t even seem like a biography, but an essay about the concept of biography itself He gives very solid and clear explanations of the psychoanalytical concept, which I appreciate in a writer Philips presents what he has to say in a simple but powerful way which makes him an excellent teacher Before I looked the book up on Goodreads I didn t know that this book was actua This biography was truly a pleasure to read Phillips gives us an insightful reflection on the life and work of Freud It doesn t even seem like a biography, but an essay about the concept of biography itself He gives very solid and clear explanations of the psychoanalytical concept, which I appreciate in a writer Philips presents what he has to say in a simple but powerful way which makes him an excellent teacher Before I looked the book up on Goodreads I didn t know that this book was actually part of a series on Jewish lives I was already wondering why Philips dedicates as much time as he does to Freud s Jewishness I did find this a welcome change, however Biographies of Freud tend to forgive his religious upbringing, which undoubtedly had an impact on him I would recommend this book to anyone interested in psychoanalysis, Freud or philosophy Ben T rk esini okudum evirisi bence ok g zeldi Katakomb s zc n Frans zcadan renmi tim, T rk ede de o ekilde kullan l yormu Terap tik s zc de de i ikti eviri g zel olmas na kar n kitab zor okudu umu s ylemeliyim Philips, Freud u onun d ncelerini kullanarak anlatmak istemi Yani Freud bir ekilde biyografiye kar ym , b yle neden sonu ili kisi i inde ilerleyen, zaman dizini izleyen biyografilere filan Bir de kitap onun fiyakal ngiliz niversitelerinde yapt konu malar Ben T rk esini okudum evirisi bence ok g zeldi Katakomb s zc n Frans zcadan renmi tim, T rk ede de o ekilde kullan l yormu Terap tik s zc de de i ikti eviri g zel olmas na kar n kitab zor okudu umu s ylemeliyim Philips, Freud u onun d ncelerini kullanarak anlatmak istemi Yani Freud bir ekilde biyografiye kar ym , b yle neden sonu ili kisi i inde ilerleyen, zaman dizini izleyen biyografilere filan Bir de kitap onun fiyakal ngiliz niversitelerinde yapt konu malar asl nda Dinleseydim bir de onu kim bilir ne olurdu Yani ok yaz nsal olmu ba ka eylere bakmay tercih etmemiz Ama genel olarak somut bilgi az Hepimiz g meniz, psikanaliz de g menleri mi inceliyormu neymi Ama as l ac lar m zdan zevk al yor olmam z, onlar b rakmamak i in onlara bakmak yerine Bir de Freud un ne kadar a a an birisi oldu unu anlasak da ok ele tirildi ini de bildi imden oturup da bahsedilen kitaplar n okumak i imden gelmedi Zaten ondan yap lan al nt lar da anlamas zor al nt lard Ama kendini denemek isteyenler bu kitab okumal Becoming Freud Is The Story Of The Young Freud Freud Up Until The Age Of Fifty That Incorporates All Of Freud S Many Misgivings About The Art Of Biography Freud Invented A Psychological Treatment That Involved The Telling And Revising Of Life Stories, But He Was Himself Skeptical Of The Writing Of Such Stories In This Biography, Adam Phillips, Whom The New Yorker Calls Britain S Foremost Psychoanalytical Writer, Emphasizes The Largely And Inevitably Undocumented Story Of Freud S Earliest Years As The Oldest And Favored Son Of Jewish Immigrants From Eastern Europe And Suggests That The Psychoanalysis Freud Invented Was, Among Many Other Things, A Psychology Of The Immigrant Increasingly, Of Course, Everybody S Status In The Modern World Psychoanalysis Was Also Freud S Way Of Coming To Terms With The Fate Of The Jews In Europe In The Late Nineteenth And Early Twentieth Centuries So As Well As Incorporating The Writings Of Freud And His Contemporaries, Becoming Freud Also Uses The Work Of Historians Of The Jews In Europe In This Significant Period In Their Lives, A Period Of Unprecedented Political Freedom And Mounting Persecution Phillips Concludes By Speculating What Psychoanalysis Might Have Become If Freud Had Died In 1906, Before The Emergence Of A Psychoanalytic Movement Over Which He Had To Preside. Reading this book made me realize how Freud was so glossed over in my college classes and how his ideas are so consistently presented as outdated and wrong minded What I realized in reading this book is that what psychoanalysis really tries to get at is what lies at the basis of our humanity below all the trappings we hide ourselves in so that we can function in our modern civilization The author also makes the point that psychoanalysis in the Freudian sense is by its nature a counter cultural Reading this book made me realize how Freud was so glossed over in my college classes and how his ideas are so consistently presented as outdated and wrong minded What I realized in reading this book is that what psychoanalysis really tries to get at is what lies at the basis of our humanity below all the trappings we hide ourselves in so that we can function in our modern civilization The author also makes the point that psychoanalysis in the Freudian sense is by its nature a counter cultural interest as it is concerned with what lies behind and below society rather than of it I found this fresh view of Freud to be very fascinating A dense, complex look at early Freud At times frustratingly repetitive convoluted, but for the most part this is a fascinating study, not for the beginner, but for the reader with genuine interest in Freud and some experience of his writings A dense, complex look at early Freud At times frustratingly repetitive convoluted, but for the most part this is a fascinating study, not for the beginner, but for the reader with genuine interest in Freud and some experience of his writings Cory Taylor first introduced me to Adam Phillips in her outstanding memoir titled Dying A Memoir Now having read several titles by Adam Phillips I have become enad of his writing and personality Unfortunately this book wasin the spirit of scientific history, specifically psychoanalysis, and he left me out in left field disappointed Early on in the book Phillips teased me with the idea that Freud, though having six children with his perpetually parturient wife, was possiblyint Cory Taylor first introduced me to Adam Phillips in her outstanding memoir titled Dying A Memoir Now having read several titles by Adam Phillips I have become enad of his writing and personality Unfortunately this book wasin the spirit of scientific history, specifically psychoanalysis, and he left me out in left field disappointed Early on in the book Phillips teased me with the idea that Freud, though having six children with his perpetually parturient wife, was possiblyinterested in the young men he gathered around him But nothingwas noted and I question why Phillips suggested homoerotic behavior and then proceeded to never touch on the subject again Not only did Phillips leave me hanging he also managed to bore me almost to death I was interested in this book because of my belief that unawareness of psychology in many cases, tantamount to ignorance of it along with at best bare knowledge or acknowledgement of history accounts largely for the weakness and decline of the U.S Failure to recognize psychology and history so as to govern decision making for shaping action results in madcap activities little different from antics but one characterization of the decade long U.S commotion in Iraq and Afghanistan So I was inter I was interested in this book because of my belief that unawareness of psychology in many cases, tantamount to ignorance of it along with at best bare knowledge or acknowledgement of history accounts largely for the weakness and decline of the U.S Failure to recognize psychology and history so as to govern decision making for shaping action results in madcap activities little different from antics but one characterization of the decade long U.S commotion in Iraq and Afghanistan So I was interested in this book to see if or how the author might make Freud relevant to today s miasmas and as some idea or answer whatever its angle or content for reintroducing the factor unavoidable factor of psychology to today s society and its politics and policies.The book did not disappoint, and in fact exceeded by a good deal expectations I had of it, expectations raised by its author s longtime interests and credentials As well as the general editor of new translations of Freud s works as a part of the Penguin Modern Classics, Phillips has worked as a hospital and private psychoanalyst in England and is a visiting professor of English at the University of York He does recurringly imply or to a lesser extent, state the relevance of psychology to the contemporary world while following and analyzing the early years of Freud s career, up to 1906 If Freud had died in 1906, we wouldhave been left withthe rudiments of, rather than prescriptions for, the practice of psychoanalysis As for insights into what Freud was doing in this stage of his career as opposed to the illuminating commentary exemplified in the foregoing quote Phillips writes, Psychoanalysis was becoming in Freud s writing in these years the artful science of our false senses of security Freud was discovering how modern people endangered themselves by the ways in which they protected themselves Each of the so called mechanisms of defense was an unconscious form of self blinding ways of occluding a piece of reality Such insights could apply to the conflicts of the First World War as to the US thrashing about in the Middle East which has spawned manifold threats and countless enemies in the name of security Psychology is permanent in Humankind.Another insight regarding psychoanalysis as developed by Freud reads, W hat Freud was interested in in these crucial years was not just the all too familiar, all too human imperious urgency of sex, but how the body becomesits language how culture is the translationof the body s unconscious, forbidden desire, the desire a person believes he can t afford to acknowledge Freud was not returning sexuality to its rightful share, but working out what that share might be This quote relates to the correct, but limited view of Freud as moving from the sexual repressions of the Victorian age, which is to a considerable degree what the movement of modernism is But it also plainly takes in LGTB, fashion, advertising, sexting, agitation on college campuses concerning rape, and other explicitly and inherently sexual phenomena and issues of today.The content of the book progresses cumulatively with Freud taking on both depth and dimension How Freud individually and to some extent idiosyncratically pursues and develops his interests melds with interaction with various friends and associates and with different places, notably Paris Key writings, particularly Studies on Hysteria written with Josef Breuer, are looked into as both summations and entrances Origins of theory are recognized, and clinical activity described But evenimportant than all this in Freud becoming Freud, the author tenders, was his experiences and observations as a father and husband Freud had six children in eight years between his formative years of 1886 to 1900 Being married and being a father of several young children while endeavoring to establish himself as a psychoanalyst and earn a reputation cannot but make an impression and create effects That all the case studies of Studies on Hysteria were women and the Oedipus complex is a major, central tenet of the field of psychology go to support Phillips idea that Freud s family life was the source of psychoanalysis Freud s education, friendships, professional associations, social environment, and other areas of his life brought embellishments or refinements to Freud s insights and concepts derived largely from his family life.Referring to these years of the first period of his married life with six young children, Phillips relates, It is, perhaps, unsurprising that in these years Freud was beginning to really think about people s connections with each other, about what they exchanged, and wanted to exchange and failed to exchange with each other about, in short, sexuality and development and loss The light the author casts on Freud s family life makes perfect sense when you think about it The family life accountsthan anything else for Freud s general orientation and also for the genesis and to a considerable extent the scenarios and specifics of the psychology Freud worked out.One could go on Nearly every page and many paragraphs of the book merit thought, study, and reflection Phillips Becoming Freud reaffirms the value of psychology and for ones who tend to dismiss or ignore it, the book conveys psychology s irreplaceable relevance and inestimable worth The book is an outstanding knowledgeable and sympathetic comprehension of the towering, pervasive Freud whothan any other individual reflects and influences the culture of modernism The reviewer is the author of MASSACRE IN NEWTOWN ADAM LANZA S DARK PASSAGE TO MADNESS More detail than I was looking for, but Phillips can always be counted on for thought provoking quotes and epigrams Becauses we want to like our facts we are always tempted to simplify them There is nothing we want to protect ourselves from , in Freud s view, than our personal and family histories What Freud increasingly found most difficult to cure in his patients was their mostly unconscious wish not to be cured Freud s believed psychoanalysis could only transform hysterical miser More detail than I was looking for, but Phillips can always be counted on for thought provoking quotes and epigrams Becauses we want to like our facts we are always tempted to simplify them There is nothing we want to protect ourselves from , in Freud s view, than our personal and family histories What Freud increasingly found most difficult to cure in his patients was their mostly unconscious wish not to be cured Freud s believed psychoanalysis could only transform hysterical misery into ordinary human unhappiness All history, for Freud, is the rewriting of history because the past is something we rewrite to make a future for ourselves people grow into their past, Freud realized,than they grow out of it Childhood was a story adults make up about themselves Just as he was starting a family himself Freud was discovering.that childhood was a cumulative trauma loop in which the child has to make her appetites at once known and compatible with family life 4 puan ncelikle Adam Phillips in ak c ve a klay c diline veriyorum Psikolojiye, psikanalize ve Freud a ilgisi ok az olan biri olarak benim i in ok doyurucu bir al mayd D nemin siyasi, toplumsal zelliklerini g rmek ve psikanaliz olu um s recine bu pencereden bakmak son derece keyifliydi. Becoming Freud by Adam Phillips is an exceptionally interesting biography about a man whom I had put aside some time ago, having read most of his work and discussed him sufficiently to think I was done with him Phillips, a psychoanalyst and writer editor, takes a uniquely thoughtful approach to Freud, however He recognizes that Freud himself had little time for biography in the sense that biography is something we all choose about ourselves We have many biographies and decide which one work Becoming Freud by Adam Phillips is an exceptionally interesting biography about a man whom I had put aside some time ago, having read most of his work and discussed him sufficiently to think I was done with him Phillips, a psychoanalyst and writer editor, takes a uniquely thoughtful approach to Freud, however He recognizes that Freud himself had little time for biography in the sense that biography is something we all choose about ourselves We have many biographies and decide which one works best, discarding irrelevant material and highlighting what we take to be the essential This gives us the birth of today s trope the narrative, as in Obama s narrative and Oprah s narrative and so forth As a practitioner and man of letters, Phillips homes in on Freud s rich contradictions Yes, sexuality plays a determinative role in Freudian thought, but beyond that we enter a world of representations, diversions, symptoms, jokes and dreams, all of us struggling with two fundamental things need and desire In a sense this is the human evolution of Darwinian evolution, the way we humans do it Freud struggled early in his career to be part of what we now call hard science, the process of discovering universal facts that can be reconfirmed through subsequent experimentation He became a doctor for this reason, but late in his life, he wryly commented that he hadn t much use for his medical degree and hadn t been much of a doctor The problem with Freud and Jung and many others is that he saw relatively few patients, each of whom was incomparable, so he had no way of testing his findings except through observation And then he stopped trying to test findings because his observations proved sufficient for the enveloping theories he constructed Phillips deals with this issue head on We re a hundred years into true brain science, but the matter of a human body is easier to confirm than interpret, and here is where Freud excelled, using language the talking cure to probe what language concealsor letting the patient achieve that end Phillips writes subtly Sometimes he is so subtle and precise that the book is slow going, but always interesting He spends time on the dog that didn t bark Freud wrote little about his wife, for example That s a dog that didn t bark Or his six children, six puppies who didn t bark But he was a man so focused on his work that he not only paid them as little attention as possible but also played no role in the intellectual artistic world of Vienna, sticking to his patients and his writing For me one of the key sentences in the book is Freud s view that we don t live so much in culture as culture lives in us and therefore each of us has problems fitting culture s demands within our needs and desires Culture is a generality We are specific Our lives, shorn of overarching religious interpretation in a secular world, therefore require multiple forms of narrative construction, sometimes contradictory, and our narratives inevitably change somewhat as we move through the life cycle The fact that our awareness is greater than our immediate consciousness is obvious to us we pick upthan we know Thank Freud for that When we joke, we are attempting to make unacceptable views acceptable Thank Freud for that When we dream, we are redescribing the previous day s events and also demonstrating, though our fantastic imagery and bizarre stories, tremendous artistic powers, hard to understand and harder to access and employ when we are awake Thank Freud for that Phillips follows Freud through his most productive psychoanalytic phase up to age fifty After that Freud began applying his interpretations to broader life matters Civilization and Its Discontents, for example Phillips makes the canny point, however, that if Freud had died at fifty, he d still be a foundational thinker And he was a thinker, a philosopher, a mind in search of meaningthan facts If you re still interested in Freud, this is a good book to read If you re not still interested in Freud, it s also a good book to read I d like to know Adam Phillips The quotes he places at the head of his chapters, for example, demonstrate exceptional breadth of knowledge and wide reading They alone would merit a few hours discussion


About the Author: Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is a British psychotherapist and essayist.Since 2003 he has been the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud He is also a regular contributor to the London Review of Books.Phillips was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1954, the child of second generation Polish Jews He grew up as part of an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins and describes his parents as very consciously Jewish but not believing As a child, his first interest was the study of tropical birds and it was not until adolescence that he developed an interest in literature He went on to study English at St John s College, Oxford, graduating with a third class degree His defining influences are literary he was inspired to become a psychoanalyst after reading Carl Jung s autobiography and he has always believed psychoanalysis to be closer to poetry than medicine.Adapted from Wikipedia.Phillips is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books He has been described by The Times as the Martin Amis of British psychoanalysis for his brilliantly amusing and often profoundly unsettling work and by John Banville as one of the finest prose stylists in the language, an Emerson of our time.


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