An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory of Motivation

An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory of Motivation

1st Edition - January 1, 1960

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  • Author: Walter Toman
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483184555

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An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory of Motivation details the fundamental concepts in applying the psychoanalytic theory in understanding motivation. The title addresses the short-comings of the psychoanalytic theory, particularly the lack of scientific literature. The first part of the text covers the critical concepts in psychoanalytic theory, such as the psychological forces, defense mechanisms, superego, and primal desires. In the second part, the selection details the theory at work; this part discusses the major stages of life from a psychoanalytic perspective. The text also talks about a system of psychopathology, along with the consideration to take in psychotherapy. The book will be of great interest to students, researchers, and practitioners of behavioral science.

Table of Contents

  • Prefaces

    Part I. Conceptual Introduction

    Psychological Forces

    Control Of Desires, Derivative Desires, Cathexis and Object-Formation

    Deprivation of Desires and Anxiety

    Counter-Cathexis or Defense

    Defense Mechanisms


    A Comment on Consciousness

    The Superego

    Quantitative Aspects

    Primal Desires

    Summary and Forecast

    Part II. The Theory at Work

    The First Year of Life

    Early Childhood

    The Oedipal Phase

    Latency Period

    Puberty and Adolescence

    Choice of Professions

    Marriage and Parenthood

    A System of Psychopathology (A Brief Glance)

    Psychotherapy: General Considerations

    A Case of Psychotherapy (A Brief Glance)



    Subject Index

    Author Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 406
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1960
  • Published: January 1, 1960
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483184555

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Walter Toman

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