Psihopatologia vieții cotidiene

by Sigmund Freud
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While Sigmund Freud is best known for being the father of psychoanalysis and his contributions to the field, he has also written other works that may be a bit less scientific and more accessible to the public. One such book is The Psychopathology of Everyday Life, a work that details the most common mistakes people make each day and how they relate to our psyche.

Freud believed that humans have certain malfunctions or defections from stereotypes every day. He addressed common mistakes such as misspelling names, failure to remember names or so-called slips of the tongue. He bases his work on anecdotal evidence and assumes that these behaviors and accidents are not random and that they are actually repressed actions of our unconscious mind. He believes that our psyche, while it is normally repressed and unable to express itself will escape through the most mundane misspellings and mistakes which all people are susceptible to.

While 100 years of physiological study and psychology has somewhat proved that some assertions may not be true, the book is an insightful look into the genius of Freud. Not only that, but it may seem that Freud actually managed to get the big picture right: that our unconscious mind - or automation as it is called nowadays - is responsible for many of our emotions and acts that we perform each day.

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life is an entertaining read that will delight people with the usual style of Freud's genius, making associations and assertions about our daily life and the slips we believe to be simple mistakes. Regardless if he got it all right or wrong, this book is worth reading for its writing quality alone, and it will provide readers with glimpses into our unconscious mind, and how it controls our most insignificant gestures.

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