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Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

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Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

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Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

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By Adam Phillips
Published May 27, 2014
192 pages

“An audacious book” —The New Yorker

From one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sigmund Freud comes a strikingly original biography of the father of psychoanalysis

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.

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About the Author

Adam Phillips is former Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, and is now a psychoanalyst in private practice. His most recent book is One Way and Another: New and Selected Essays.

Author photograph © Jerry Bauer




Reviews

“Adam Phillips is…one of the most engaging writers in the world on analysis and the analytic movement.” —The New York Times Book Review

“An intelligent and well-written book” —The New York Times

“Clear and engaging” —Kirkus Reviews

“Phillips is the ideal author of a book about Freud.” —Financial Times