The Ego and the Id (The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works) by Sigmund Freud
In this volume from 1923, Freud explores significant implications of his structural theory of the mind, originally introduced in Beyond the Pleasure Principle three years prior.
“The Ego and the Id” stands as a significant contribution to Freud’s later works. At its core, Freud delves into the intricate dynamics of the ego as it grapples with three powerful forces: the id, the super-ego, and the external world.
Among the numerous English translations of Freud’s major works published during his lifetime, only one held his authorization: “The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud,” edited by James Strachey.
Freud actively participated in shaping the editorial plan, refining specific translations of key terms and phrases, and providing valuable annotations, including bibliographical and explanatory notes. Many translations were executed by Strachey himself, with others completed under his careful supervision. The outcome established the Standard Edition as the unparalleled authoritative collection, surpassing all other existing versions.
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