Background information: How to read Freud, and what this archive is good for.
To understand this site you MUST understand all of this background information:
This information is presented in an unusual fashion, and will emphasize that which is functionally necessary, and often omitted. I have learned much of this psychology and psychoanalytic theory through direct observation, and only late, discovered the Freud. I had learned much of Freud, but had not read him myself. This is supreme error. If you are serious about this, you must read all of the Freud, in the original, in order… period. If you do you will discover the following:
The experience was astounding––the myriad of superb and superior textbooks explaining the ideas and concepts which are Freud's idea: Psychoanalysis, were wrong. I could not believe it! Each and every one was a lie, and quite useless for this lie, in particular: a lie of omission. You could not use this information. It had been sanitized. This archive will be different, but also, exactly the same. The fine books written by the best scholars which condensed the Freudian theory all left out the most essential parts, the parts which are utterly necessary for the theory to work, and it is these ideas which I will articulate without reserve or apology. These ideas are now discarded, and no longer believed. They are however, exactly correct, as I will demonstrate. The method I will use to disclose the background Freudian theory, may seem haphazard, but it is not. It is traditional to detail the information from a chronological standpoint, outlining Freud's progressing thoughts and models. I have a more direct and functional approach in mind. I need to create in my reader the capacity for self-psychoanalysis, and this is a task best accomplished from the other perspective, to see and feel, to understand by example the real mechanics of the situation as a complete picture of mental organization, a rapid learning process which does not rest until the idea is all too clear. Plain meaning is the result for one who is willing to demonstrate, rather than articulate.
It is essential to SHOW the ideas in action. And so, I will give examples before terms are defined, and the reader will be the better for it, as the term will then mean something other than a dry concept once explained. This is how I learned this information, and as a result, I learned it very quickly and more thoroughly than any university could have informed me. I was ill, and needed the information. I saw it working, and so, learned it rapidly. This is how I will show you. For this reason, this archive will be just as much a lie as the sanitized versions of Freud which are out there, even if more useful. This is incomplete––structured for utility, and not thorough in its chronology. Read the original! It is not difficult, and no other text is needed to understand the twenty-three volumes, which read easily. Use no other text, no "Freud for Morons" is needed…you are not a moron, and Freud writes well. Remember: to read out of order is defense… never do it.
Of course, these last two "commandments" are far from realistic, and few of you will shy away from secondary source material and fewer still will purchase the twenty-three volumes of Freud plus the index, and read them in order, so, I will suggest: Do not begin with The Interpretation of Dreams. This book is downright amazing, but "spun out" in its style of composition. The amount of information one must hold in mind over such a length is difficult, and chapter seven alone, although sheer genius, requires many readings to comprehend. Please consider beginning with The Three Essays on Sexuality (Freud, 1905). If the version listed in the references is too much money, you can probably find an older translation for pennies under the title, Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex, D105, Dutton paperback. This is a brief, inexpensive and serious book which will introduce you to the business end of developmental Freudian theory. Much need be said about symbolism, symptoms and dreams, but the course will be easier to tread if the more abstract information is gathered in the proper time.
Freud, S. (1901 - 1905). The standard edition of the complete psychological works of Sigmund
Freud volume seven: A case of hysteria, Three essays on sexuality and other works.
London: Hogarth Press.