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Psychoanalysis



Psychoanalysis is a method of psychiatric treatment for mental disorders founded in the early 1890s by Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud. It is based on theories and therapeutic techniques (such as free-association, dreams, sexual fantasies) used to study the unconscious mind. Freud retained the term psychoanalysis for his own school of thought, though it has come to mean any general psychiatric treatment where a therapist works to analyze and “translate” a person’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions back to them. This stands in contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, where the therapist lets the patient lead on a cooperative journey of self-exploration and healing.

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Psychotherapy - Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis, appreciated the many ways in which our minds are troubled and anxious. It isn't us in particular: it's the human condition. “He described himself as an obsessional neurotic.

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The Cure for Psychoanalysis

This book presents a day long symposium with Adam Phillips and includes two brilliant essays that reveal what is at the heart of psychoanalysis – a practice that can enable both analyst and patient to live life more fully.

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Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy based on understanding the unconscious mental processes that determine a person’s thoughts, actions, and feelings.

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Psychoanalytic Theory - What Freud Thought of Personality

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The Interpretation of Dreams

First published in 1899, Sigmund Freud's groundbreaking book, The Interpretation of Dreams, explores why we dream and why dreams matter in our psychological lives.

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Why Freud Survives

He's been debunked again and again—and yet we still can't give him up.

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Sigmund Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory Explained

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The Unheard Cry for Meaning: Psychotherapy and Humanism

The founder of logotherapy explores the uniqueness of man’s humanness, attacks the pseudo-humanism in current psychoanalysis, and presents a case for reinvesting psychoanalysis with humanism while preserving the traditions of Freudian analysis and behaviorism

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The New Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. Freud’s gender theories are trashed for their sexism, and his original instinct theories are regarded skeptically.

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What Is Psychoanalysis?

Psychoanalysis marked the beginning of psychotherapy as a field. Its influence on psychology is remarkable and likely solidified it as a discipline. Therapy would not be the same without it.

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