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Recurring Event Event Series: Origins of Psychoanalysis, Freud

Origins of Psychoanalysis, Freud

September 9 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

First Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2022-23, 1st Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm
Donald Schimmel, PhD
Christopher J. Keats, MD

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Welcome to our course on The Origins of Psychoanalysis and Freud’s Legacy. Our course objective is to assist you in appreciating the foundations of psychoanalysis and how it has evolved since Freud first began publishing in the 1890s. We have selected summary chapters from Peter Gay’s classic book, Freud: A Life for Our Time, plus several of Freud’s original writings, all of which have been edited by either Peter Gay or James Strachey.

To facilitate learning, approximately five days before each class, the instructors will email you around five study questions to consider as you wend your way through the often dense and challenging assigned readings. These questions are aimed at assisting you in organizing your thoughts as well as areas that you find particularly confusing. The instructors also plan to review each class’s major points and goals at the beginning and end of each class.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to identify and describe the most seminal tenets of psychoanalysis originally conceived by Freud.


  1. A Life for Our Time, a biography of Sigmund Freud by Peter Gay, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.; initially published in 1988.
  2. The Freud Reader edited by Peter Gay, W.W. Norton, Inc., 1989.
  3. New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud, edited by James Strachey, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.; published by James Strachey in 1964
  4. Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety: by Sigmund Freud, edited by James Strachey, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc.; published by James Strachey in 1989

September 9, 2022 — Introduction

[39 pages]

Seminar objectives:

  1. You will be able to identify at least four features, ideas, or trends that Freud discusses in this chapter.

Gay, P. (ed) (1989) “An Autobiographical Study”, in The Freud Reader, pp3-41


September 9
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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