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Totem and Taboo

Sigmund Freud

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152 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.5in.This volume collects four of Freuds most stimulating essays: The Horror of Incest, Taboo and Emotional Ambivalence, Animism, Magic and the Omnipotence of Thoughts, and The Return of Totemism in Childhood. With these essays, Freud applies his psychoanalytic method to various objects of study, including the incest taboo and ancient art. With several implications for the fields of anthropology and religious studies, this Freud collection remains a diverse and fascinating read. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781619492936

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Title: Totem and Taboo

Publisher: Freud Press

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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This volume collects four of Freud’s most stimulating essays: "The Horror of Incest", "Taboo and Emotional Ambivalence", "Animism, Magic and the Omnipotence of Thoughts", and "The Return of Totemism in Childhood". With these essays, Freud applies his psychoanalytic method to various objects of study, including the incest taboo and ancient art. With several implications for the fields of anthropology and religious studies, this Freud collection remains a diverse and fascinating read.

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In this brilliant exploratory attempt to extend the analysis of the individual psyche to society and culture, Freud laid the lines for much of his late thought, and made a major contribution to the psychology of religion. Primitive societies and the individual, he found, mutually illuminate each other, and the psychology of primitive races bears marked resemblances to the psychology of neurotics. Basing his investigations on the finding of anthropologists, Freud came to the conclusion that totemism and its accompanying restriction of exogamy derive form the savage's dread of incest, and that taboo customs parallel closely the symptoms of compulsion neurosis. The killing of the 'primal father' and the consequent sense of guilt are seen as determining events both in the misty tribal pre-history of mankind, and in the suppressed wishes of individual men. Both totemism and taboo are thus held to have their roots in the Oedipus complex, which lies at the basis of all neurosis, and, as Freud argues, is also the origin of religion, ethics, society, and art.

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