In this paper, I will research the ideas and methods of Sigmund Freud as it pertains to the treatment of neurosis and psychosis. First, I will explain what psychoanalysis is, along with neurosis and psychosis. I’ll also go into how psychoanalysis came to be and describe the methods of psychoanalysis. Finally, I will use all my research to come up the answer on whether Sigmund Freud’s ideas and thoughts on psychoanalysis are still alive or just an out of date memory.
Psychoanalysis is defined by the World English Dictionary as a method of studying the mind and treating mental and emotional disorders based on revealing and investigating the role of the unconscious mind. It is medically defined as a man’s unconscious motives and desires seen by different problems while living everyday life (Coriat 13-14). Neurosis is defined by the World English Dictionary as a relatively mild mental disorder, characterized by symptoms such as hysteria, anxiety, depression, or obsessive behavior. Psychosis is defined by the World English Dictionary as any form of severe mental disorder in which the individual's contact with reality becomes highly distorted. Psychoanalysis is primarily thinking ab...
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...plicit memories do not function during the first two years of life, which coincides with the theories of Freud (Solms).
So to answer the question of if Sigmund Freud’s ideas and methods are dead, well they might have been at a period but they have been reborn. Psychologist all around my not use all of his methods or agree with all of his theories, but there is no denying that they are still valid and help full in today’s time.
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Solms, Mark. "Freud Returns." Scientific American Mind 17.2 (2006): 28. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 7 May 2014.
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Alexander, Franz. Psychoanalytic therapy: Principles and application. Vol. 1946. U of Nebraska Press, 1980.
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