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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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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How strong is the evidence for the effectiveness of psychoanalysis in the treatment of depression?

I often hear claims that psychoanalysis is ineffective, takes too long, is just pseudo-science, that other therapies such as cognitive-behavioural should be preferred or even that it should be ...
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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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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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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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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 ...