Psychopathology of Everyday Life

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)
Translated by Abraham Arden Brill (1874 - 1948)

Professor Freud developed his system of psychoanalysis while studying the so-called borderline cases of mental diseases, such as hysteria and compulsion neurosis. By discarding the old methods of treatment and strictly applying himself to a study of the patient's life he discovered that the hitherto puzzling symptoms had a definite meaning, and that there was nothing arbitrary in any morbid manifestation. Psychoanalysis always showed that they referred to some definite problem or conflict of the person concerned. It was while tracing back the abnormal to the normal state that Professor Freud found how faint the line of demarcation was between the normal and neurotic person, and that the psychopathologic mechanisms so glaringly observed in the psychoneuroses and psychoses could usually be demonstrated in a lesser degree in normal persons.

This led to a study of the faulty actions of everyday life and later to the publication of the Psychopathology of Everyday Life, a book which passed through four editions in Germany and is considered the author's most popular work. With great ingenuity and penetration the author throws much light on the complex problems of human behavior, and clearly demonstrates that the hitherto considered impassable gap between normal and abnormal mental states is more apparent than real.

This translation is made of the fourth German edition, and while the original text was strictly followed, linguistic difficulties often made it necessary to modify or substitute some of the author's cases by examples comprehensible to the English-speaking reader. (Introduction to the translation by A. A. Brill)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Psychology, Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1 - Forgetting of Proper Names Mary Schneider
Play 02 Chapter 2 - Forgetting Foreign Words Mary Schneider
Play 03 Chapter 3 - Forgetting of Names and Order of Words Mary Schneider
Play 04 Chapter 4 - Childhood and Concealing Memories Mary Schneider
Play 05 Chapter 5 - Mistakes in Speech Mary Schneider
Play 06 Chapter 6 - Mistakes in Reading and Writing Mary Schneider
Play 07 Chapter 7 - Forgetting Impressions and Resolutions Mary Schneider
Play 08 Chapter 8 - Erroneously Carried-out Actions Mary Schneider
Play 09 Chapter 9 - Symptomatic and Chance Actions Mary Schneider
Play 10 Chapter 10 - Errors Mary Schneider
Play 11 Chapter 11 - Combined Faulty Acts Mary Schneider
Play 12 Chapter 12 - Determinism, Chance, and Superstitious Beliefs, part 1 Mary Schneider
Play 13 Chapter 12 - Determinism, Chance, and Superstitious Beliefs, part 2 Mary Schneider