Freud on the Acropolis
Reflections on a Paradoxical Response to the Real
By (author) Susan Sugarman
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Freud on the Acropolis by Susan Sugarman
Book DescriptionThis book analyzes a subtle but intriguing mental event--the paradoxical surprise that people sometimes feel when they come upon something that they have felt sure existed but are seeing for the first time. Noted first by Sigmund Freud, this common but odd experience proves remarkably resistant to trivial explanation.Upon seeing the Acropolis for the first time, Freud remarked, "So all this really does exist, just as we learned in school!" Similarly, in everyday life we often feel compelled to verify firsthand the scene of a recent event, even though we never doubted its occurrence. Susan Sugarman probes this experience and its relation to other everyday sensibilities, such as the pleasure of reencountering the familiar and people's fascination with authenticity. Although the experience manifests itself in a seeming lapse in logic and remains obscure in a way that one might--and that Freud did--associate with pathological formations, it is neither illogical nor pathological. On the contrary, it observes a moment of mental health and personal integration.Similar to approaches in modern philosophy and linguistics, Sugarman's analysis is applied here accessibly and in ordinary terms to concrete behavior and experience. As a result, thought and feeling, normally believed to elude systematic inquiry, yield to it, allowing for genuine progress in understanding the human mind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465083305
(229mm x 153mm x 8mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 24-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Susan Sugarman
What Freud Really Meant, Hardback (April 2016)
This book presents Freud's theory of the mind as an organic whole, built from first principles and developing in sophistication over time.
Children's Early Thought, Paperback (March 2011)
Susan Sugarman finds that the dawn of reasoning in children coincides with the dawn of language, but one phenomenon is not reducible to the other.
Piaget's Construction of the Child's Reality, Paperback (January 1990)» View all books by Susan Sugarman
This book, first published in 1988, provides a conceptual critique of six of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget's central, earlier works.
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