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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life by Sigmund Freud – overview

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The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life may be considered Sigmund Freud’s most accessible work. The book was published under the original German title Zur Psychopathologie des Alltagslebens, in 1901.

It seems to be quite normal for us to be unable to remember a name or a person. Maybe we forgot to go on a date. It is possible to lose a thing received from a dear friend. Therefore we ask ourselves if all these acts are caused by a dangerous process of brain damage or if they are just the expression of several tensions or mental conflicts. Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis, suggests that our everyday psychopathology is a minor disturbance of mental life which may quickly pass away. Even if we consider these acts to be normal and common in our lives, Freud believed that all these acts have an important significance. According to his new theory, our everyday psychopathology makes us transparent for people around us as well as it makes the other transparent for us. The most trivial slips of the tongue or pen may reveal people’s secret feelings and fantasies.

Freud explores phenomena such as: slips of the tongue, also known as Freudian slips, acts of forgetfulness, misinterpretations, and ‘accidents’ in his great work The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. This book may help many of us to better understand our behavior because every day we deal with several bizarre errors. Freud tried to describe all these acts using an accessible language.

The Psychopathology of Everyday Life – Table of contents


Chapter 1. Forgetting of Proper Names

Chapter 2. Forgetting of Foreign Words

Chapter 3. Forgetting of Names and Order of Words

Chapter 4. Childhood and Concealing Memories

Chapter 5. Mistakes in Speech

Chapter 6. Mistakes in Reading and Writing

Chapter 7. Forgetting of Impressions and Resolutions

Chapter 8. Erroneously Carried-out Actions

Chapter 9. Symptomatic and Chance Actions

Chapter 10. Errors

Chapter 11. Combined Faulty Acts

Chapter 12. Determinism, Chance, and Superstitious Beliefs

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