Good Reads from Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud was a key contributor to personality psychology, of course, and many aspects of his psychodynamic theory are relevant to research today.

That acknowledged, the list below isn't about sound theorizing or research. Freud was also often a wonderful, entertaining writer. Below, find a list of a few (relatively) brief essays that are fun reflections on pieces of art, literary criticism, and on psychopathology and becoming psychologically healthier. These are not necessarily the best-supported scientific ideas of his (although some ideas are quite sound), and yet reading them can provide a relatively accessible introduction to his thinking--and to his rhetorical powers.


  • 1913 The Disposition to Obsessional Neurosis
  • 1913 Theme of the Three Caskets
  • 1914 Remembering, Repeating and Working-through (Further recommendations on the technique of psycho-analysis)
  • 1914 The Moses of Michelangelo
  • 1923 A Seventeenth-Century Demonological Neurosis (Christoph Haizmann)



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