Without a doubt, “The Psychopathology of Everyday Life” has been the most popular book among all the works of Sigmund Freud. But … where is the key to its popularity? In the style with which it has been written, the questions it raises and the paths it leaves open for the exploration of the human being.
It is a reading that, through twelve chapters, tries to explain the meaning of seemingly meaningless everyday events; of which we are 100% protagonists. Why do we forget the names of objects or places? Why do we forget perfectly known words in a foreign language? What message are trying to convey verbal lapses and writing lapses? Why don’t we remember some of our purposes? What do the errors that are apparently casual try to tell us? Each chapter of the book is dedicated to answering these questions and many others.
The influence of unconscious processes on consciousness comes unmasked with a terrifying method. Freud, as policeman, hunts false memories, forgetfulness and failures; finding secret explanatory sources that still remain unexplored.
This essay, written in a language accessible to all those outside the profession, in many cases can shake us by revealing the hidden motivations of the people whose cases are discussed.
Sometimes we may not fully agree with your reasoning but unquestionably, it is a book that must be read and valued.
Why do we have fixations with some numbers? Are there prophetic dreams? What is déjà vu? These are the questions in the last chapter that open the doors to a different world for reflection. Determinism, casual beliefs and superstitions; a whole invitation to the convergence of the unconscious and the conscious. To rethink ourselves to understand each other better.