What Is Sigmund Freud´s Psychoanalytic Theory?

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The Psychoanalytic Theory is one most significant personality theories today and is an important guide in the treatment of psychopathology. The idea of psychoanalysis was first introduced in the late 19th century by Sigmund Freud (1964) who conducted research on neurotic and hysterical symptoms, in his attempt to find an effective treatment for patients with anxiety and mental disorders. Sigmund Freud was one of the most central figures in Psychology and his theories are extremely important to our understanding of Psychology today. His Psychoanalytic theory can be divided into five parts: the dynamic, the economic, the developmental, the structural and the adaptive.

Freuds research was greatly influenced by Josef Breuer’s work on hypnosis and his ‘talking cure’. Freud and Breuer collaborated on one of Breuer’s patient Anna O, who presented symptoms of memory loss, hallucinations, impaired vision, and speech disturbances. She also experienced glove
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One of Freud’s most significant contributions to present-day psychology is his conception of the unconscious. Freud was one of the first people to discuss the idea that we are not always entirely aware of what we think or how we act. Freud proposed that there are three levels of consciousness and believed that much of our thoughts occur below the surface in our unconscious. Many modern researchers, including many theorists who discard other elements of Freud’s work, accept the claim that part of the mind is unconscious and that people often act for reasons when they are not conscious. Erdelyi (1974) supported elements of Freuds theory, agreeing that the unconscious part of mind can perceive things without conscious

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