Freudian Psychotherapy

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What is Freudian Psychotherapy?

1. Study of the unconscious mind.naomi-hebert-188183-unsplash

2. A person’s development is determined by often forgotten events in early childhood, rather than by inherited traits alone

3. Human behaviour and cognition are largely determined by irrational drives that are rooted in the unconscious

4. Attempts to bring those drives into awareness triggers resistance in the form of defense mechanisms, particularly repression

5. Conflicts between conscious and unconscious material can result in mental disturbances such as neurosis, neurotic traits, anxiety and depression

6. Unconscious material can be found in dreams and unintentional acts, studio-dekorasyon-5272-unsplashincluding mannerisms and slips of the tongue

7. Liberation from the effects of the unconscious is achieved by bringing this material into the conscious mind through therapeutic intervention

8. The “centerpiece of the psychoanalytic process” is the transference, whereby patients relive their infantile conflicts by projecting onto the analyst feelings of love, dependence and anger.

9. The patient expresses his or her thoughts, including free associations, fantasies and dreams, from which the analyst infers the unconscious conflicts causing the patient’s symptoms and character problems.

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