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Questions tagged [psychoanalysis]

For questions regarding the psychotherapeutic technique which Sigmund Freud pioneered, which involves techniques of dream interpretation and free association. Jung was also instrumental in its development after Freud.

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Psychoanalysis and its metaphores derived from ancient Greek mythology

Introduction: It's fascinating how many of the basic concepts of psychoanalysis are described by metaphores of the ancient Greek mythology. One might wonder whether the Greek mythology isn't actually ...
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How will anyone scientifically tell what is innate to humans?

According to Freud humans are basically driven by sexual and aggressive instincts while famous humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers strongly disagreed with Freud and said the basic nature of human ...
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Basic Question on Jungian Archetypes

I am reading "Psychology by Sandra E. Hockenbury, 7th ed.". The question asked What form might Jungian archetypes take in the brain? takes a deeper look at jungian archetypes but I am not able to ...
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Is Freuds theory of negation testable and does it survive testing?

Freuds body of work not only provides a basis von clinical practice, but is also often quoted in social sciences and social philosophy. I recently came across a text that references Freuds concept of ...
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Is Freudian Psychology a scientifically valid contribution to the Cognitive Sciences?

Freudian Psychology is based on the work of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). He is the founder of Psychoanalysis and is credited with establishing the field of verbal psychotherapy. Freud is known for his ...
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Is there anything in Freudian psychoanalytic theory that is scientifically sound?

I guess this question is quite context dependent, and here in Sweden there is a general movement for more evidence-based psychology. I think one of our biggest medical universities recently abandoned ...
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Why do we think about things we regret we said before going to sleep at night?

We all say things we later regret during the day. Why does it often happen that at night, just before going to sleep, our brains bring those memories back and even make us lose sleep?
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With psychological projection originating in psychoanalysis, is the concept currently considered valid?

In a recent accepted and highly up voted answer by one of our respected users, psychological projection as a defense mechanism was brought forward as the relevant terminology/explanation of what the ...
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Informative texts on psychoanalysis?

I'm not looking for anything all-inclusive, as I am aware that such a list would be impossible. Perhaps some introductory books on psychoanalysis (such as works by Freud) would be good, as well as any ...
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Knowability of “repressed” in Freud's theory

Both Popper and Grünbaum took issue with Freud's theory, but they critiqued it for different reasons, in which the main difference seems (to me) to come down to this: Popper interprets Freud as ...
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What role do the ego and group unconsciousness have in Jungian “individuation”?

What role do the ego and group unconsciousness have in Jungian "individuation"? What distinguishes Jungian psychology is the idea that there are two centers of the personality. The ego is the ...
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Is hand-writing analysis used for analysis of a person's behaviour or anlayzing a person's character?

Does the handwriting analysis of a person predict only his/her behavior or only his/her character or both?
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What are the different branches of Psychoanalysis?

I am trying to make a list of the main accepted branches of psychoanalysis to quiz a friend of mine. I don't know much about it and to learn more I need to know the main areas. So far I have ...
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How does psychoanalytic theory explain the way in which projection works?

According to psychoanalytic theory, people sometimes defend against their own unwanted motives, conflicts, and behavioral tendencies by identifying them and decrying them in other people. This has ...
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Interpretation of facts in dream

We learn facts in life from books or from experience, and we remember them. If later we ascertain a new fact about the same subject or phenomenon that contradicts the first impression, we can't erase ...
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Is truth serum used in any psychiatric or psychoanalytic practices?

Is sodium thiopental (truth serum) used in any psychiatric or psychoanalytic therapies? I presume it is legal for use, since it is Schedule III, and it is administered in surgeries. It clearly has ...
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What it is called when a mother has sexual desires towards her son?

I know about Oedipus complex. What is it called when a mother has sexual desires towards her son? Is the term reserved for single mothers or does it include married mothers?
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What is the current “accepted” science behind dream interpretation?

I'm doing some casual reading about dream interpretation (meaning I'm reading the wikipedia entry) and the article mentions that there are several ways of thinking about dreams from a psychological ...
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Which schools of psychotherapy are most credible to a hard scientist?

There is a problem in all therapies that if the client doesn't have faith or trust in the therapist then it is unlikely that anything can be achieved. Therefore effective therapy for an extreme ...
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Analyze subconscious/unconscious scientifically [closed]

Is there a way to analyze human subconscious/unconscious scientifically in some way? I mean for example to help me better understand my fears, insomnia etc. There are many people out there who offer ...
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Analysis according to Jung's Psychological Types

Recently I read Jung's Psychological Types out of self-questioning. I would like to analyze myself in such a fashion more "professionally", however I do not profess to be able to do that myself, ...
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Are Rorschach (inkblot) tests still used as a diagnostic tool?

Are Rorschach tests still used as a diagnostic tool today, or are they just a relic from the 60's? If they are still in use, what sort of information do they provide?
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What form might Jungian archetypes take in the brain?

Modern psychology and psychiatry are very well grounded in scientific principles. Both, however, have a history in various analytical philosophies. Jung had the notion of an archetype, a universally ...
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What theory discusses modes of “Being” vs. that of “Happening”?

Is there a theory (Perhaps Freudian) concerning that of "Being" and that of "Happening"? I vaguely recall learning about it many years ago in H.S. Psych, but of course any search for either of these ...
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Where does Freud say, “The unconscious mind can only wish?”

Where does Freud say, "The unconscious mind can only wish?" I've been tasked with either agreeing or disagreeing with this statement, but I cannot find exactly where Freud is said to have made this ...
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Has anyone done a thorough comparative review of psychotherapeutic approaches?

Have the efficacy of different psychotherapeutic approaches--e.g., ACT, CBT, DBT, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Behavioral--been compared? I'm sure each approach may be more or less effective depending ...
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Quote: Mental illness is questioning the point of living

I'm trying to find a quote essentially relating the sentiment that "a mind which questions the point of continuing to live, is a mind which is mentally ill", as a definition of mental illness. I ...
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What do id, ego and super-ego exactly mean?

I don't know much about psychology, but I've heard about Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche, with the three part of the psychic apparatus. However, I couldn't really understand the parts. ...
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Are unconscious thoughts captured by free association?

Does free association writing or talking captures unconscious thoughts? Or maybe they don't because you are conscious during the process?
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At what point does a complex become pathological?

I've a first question so I apologize if the format is completely awry. I'm reading Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature and I came across this passage by Edward C. ...