The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defence by Anna Freud

By Anna Freud

A classsic contribution to psychoanalytic psychology written through a pioneer of kid research, it's illustrated through interesting scientific photos drawn from the research of kids and young people. A founding textual content in ego psychology.

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A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN 1 85575 038 4 � EXECUTORS OF THE ESTATE OF ANNA FREUD 1937, 1966 Printed in Great Britain by Poleslnr Whcatons Ltd, Exeter Table of Contents Cover Copy Right Content Foreword to the 1966 Edition Part I Theory of the Mechanisms of Defense 1. THE EGO AS THE SEAT OF OBSERVATION 2. THE APPLICATION OF ANALYTIC TECHNIQUE TO THE STUDY OF THE PSYCHIC INSTITUTIONS 3. THE EGO’S DEFENSIVE OPERATIONS CONSIDERED AS AN OBJECT OF ANALYSIS 4.

And the effect of the censorship, the translation of latent dream thoughts into manifest dream content, with the distortions, condensations, displacements, reversals, and omissions which this involves, corresponds to the distortions which take place in the associations under the pressure of some resistance. Dream interpretation, then, assists us in our investigation of the id, insofar as it is successful in bringing to light latent dream thoughts (id content), and in our investigation of the ego institutionis and their defensive operations, insofar as it enables us to reconstruct the measures adopted by the censor from their effect upon the dream thoughts.

The same is true of successful reaction formation, which is one of the most important measures adopted by the ego as a permanent protection against the id. Such formations appear almost unheralded in the ego in the course of a child’s development. We cannot always say that the ego’s attention had previously been focused on the particular contrary instinctual impulse which the reaction formation replaces. As a rule, the ego knows nothing of the rejection of the impulse or of the whole conflict which has resulted in the implanting of the new characteristic.

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