PREFACEWhat I am here offering the public as an ‘Introduction to Psycho-Analysis’ is not designed to compete in anyway with such general accounts of this field of knowledge as are already in existence, e.g. those ofHitschmann (1913), Pfister (1913), Kaplan (1914), Régis and Hesnard (1914) and Meijer (1915). Thisvolume is a faithful reproduction of the lectures which I delivered during the two Winter Terms 1915/16 and1916/17 before an audience of doctors and laymen of both sexes.Any peculiarities of this book which may strike its readers are accounted for by the conditions in which itoriginated. It was not possible in my presentation to preserve the unruffled calm of a scientific treatise. Onthe contrary, the lecturer had to make it his business to prevent his audience’s attention from lapsing duringa session lasting for almost two hours. The necessities of the moment often made it impossible to avoidrepetitions in treating some particular subject - it might emerge once, for instance, in connection withdream-interpretation and then again later on in connection with the problems of the neuroses. As a result,too, of the way in which the material was arranged, some important topics (the unconscious, for instance)could not be exhaustively treated at a single point, but had to be taken up repeatedly and then droppedagain until a fresh opportunity arose for adding some further information about it.Those who are familiar with psycho-analytic literature will find little in this ‘Introduction’ that could not havebeen known to them already from other much more detailed publications. Nevertheless, the need forrounding-off and summarizing the subject-matter has compelled the author at certain points (the aetiologyof anxiety and hysterical phantasies) to bring forward material that he has hitherto held back.
Introductory Lectures On Psycho-Analysis