In Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, Freud examines phenomena such as the herd instinct, the occurrence of what he terms “artificial” groups including the church and the army, and the role of the libido in groups. The question he addresses here is, What are the emotional bonds that hold collective entities, such as an army and a church, together? It is a fruitful question, and Freud offers some interesting answers. But Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego stands chiefly as an invitation to further psychoanalytic exploration. Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego by Sigmund Freud was first published in 1921 in German as Massenpsychologie und Ich-Analyse.
This audiobook is based on the authorized English translation by James Strachey which was published a year later in 1922. All of Freud’s footnotes have been retained and inserted in the main text. The translator’s footnotes which related primarily to word choice and translation decisions have not been included. A translator’s note to the print edition states that all technical terms have been translated in accordance with the glossary to be published as a supplement to the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis.
Please note: Freud made some slight changes and additions in the later editions of this work, and the translator made a considerably altered version of the translation on or about 1940.