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