Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalysis, which is known to be Sigmund Freud’s greatest work, is both a type of treatment for Psychological disorders – more commonly referred to as Psychoanalytic Therapy – and a theory in itself. Psychoanalysis promotes the use of insight in solving inner conflicts or removing irrational thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and feelings. More specifically, Freud believed that by understanding and making the unconscious known, one would have an easier time dealing with disorders such as depression, anxiety and many more. Aside from the unconscious, Freud also emphasized the importance of understanding the patient’s dreams, defense mechanisms and the tripartite self – the id, ego, and superego.

Psychoanalysis paved the way for psychodynamic therapy, as the different approaches under psychodynamic were all based on Freud’s work.

Movies, often make references to Freudian Therapy sometimes seriously, sometimes playfully.

Many mental health professionals even when primarily using behavioral therapy techniques will incorporate some elements of Psychoanalysis & Psychoanalytic therapy.


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