Charles Rycroft (1914–1998) was a British psychoanalyst and writer. His books include A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, Anxiety and Neurosis, The Innocence of Dreams, and Psychoanalysis and Beyond.


The Last Wilderness

Private Myths: Dreams and Dreaming

by Anthony Stevens
In 1982 the British psychiatrist Anthony Stevens published Archetype, a book in which he attempted to reconcile two psychological theories that were then, and still are, usually considered incompatible: Jung’s concept of archetypes (which holds that there exist certain psychic images, such as that of the mother, that are innate …

The Wound and the Bow

Soul Murder: The Effects of Childhood Abuse and Deprivation

by Leonard Shengold MD.
In his introduction to Soul Murder, Dr. Shengold confesses that he is “fond of meandering designs; this book proceeds more by association than by orderly progression.” In his acknowledgements he states that in his present book, Soul Murder, and in his previous book, Halo in the Sky (1988), he has …

The Sixth Sense

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

by Oliver Sacks
Dr. Oliver Sacks is a British-trained neurologist who now practices in New York, where he is professor of clinical neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. With his earlier book, Awakenings (1973), which described the remarkable effect of a new drug, LDopa, on cases of postencephalitic parkinsonism, Dr. Sacks …

Freud’s Creative Illness

The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud To Wilhelm Fliess: 1887–1904

translated and edited by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Sigmund Freud, Aus den Anfängen der Psychoanalyse

edited by Marie Bonaparte, edited by Anna Freud, edited by Ernst Kris
In December 1936 Reinhold Stahl, a Berlin bookseller, sold to Princess Marie Bonaparte, Princess George of Greece and Denmark, friend and pupil of Sigmund Freud, a set of documents he had acquired from the widow of Wilhelm Fliess (1858–1928), who in his day had been a successful ear, nose, and …

A Hard Day’s Night

The Nightmare: The Psychology and Biology of Terrifying Dreams

by Ernest Hartmann
According to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary the primary meaning of the word “nightmare” is a “female monster supposed to settle upon people and animals in their sleep producing a feeling of suffocation,” and it only secondarily refers to “a bad dream producing these or similar sensations.” It is, in …

A Case of Hysteria

The Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory

by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is, or perhaps rather was, a psychoanalyst—at present he is not, one gathers, a member of any psychoanalytical organization, does not see patients, and does not teach psychoanalysis anywhere. His book is a contribution to the early history of psychoanalysis, or rather would have been if he …

How Psychosomatic Is Your Illness?

Social Causes of Illness

by Richard Totman
The first, and perhaps the most important, thing to be said about this book is that its title is misleading. Social Causes of Illness is not about whether social habits, customs, conditions, or structures cause illnesses—or whether social changes are reflected in changes in the incidence of illnesses. It is …

Actions Louder than Words

A New Language for Psychoanalysis

by Roy Schafer
Although written by a psychoanalyst for other psychoanalysts and largely consisting of papers already published in the learned journals, this book should be of considerable interest to a wider public, since it proposes a radical reformulation of psychoanalytical theory which, if accepted, would render outmoded almost all the analytical jargon …