Freud 's Theory Of Psychology Essay

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History of Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis and the father of modern psychotherapy, also known as the talking cure. Before psychotherapy early psychology focused mainly on the conscious human experience (Wolitzky, 2011). Freud changed the face of psychology in a dramatic way proposing that personality emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind, rather than the conscious. Freud worked with patients suffering from hysteria which lead him to believe that early childhood experiences and unconscious urges transferred to development of adult personality and behavior (Storr, 1989). His comprehensive theory of personality and psychopathology had a great impact on the 20th-century thought and culture, unlike any had before. It had aimed to explain the nature of psychopathology but addressed bigger questions within the realm of psychology. Though refuted, Freud’s ideas allowed for explanations of mental life to sociocultural, historical theorizing about how the family and civilization began (Wolitzky, 2011).
View of Human Behavior Psychoanalysis, as a therapy, is based on the concept that individuals are unaware of what causes their behavior and emotions. The unconscious factors have the potential to produce unhappiness, expressed through a multitude of symptoms like social issues, disturbing personality traits, lack of self-esteem or general temperament (Thurschwell, 2000). Freud saw patients being motivated by a desire to seek gratification…

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