Psychological Theories Of Sigmund Freud

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Sigmund Freud developed a variety of theories and ideas that were and continue to impact advances in many different fields of science. In his early years Freud focused mainly on biology and spent a large amount of time researching the nervous systems in many animals. He later on set up a private practice in which he would treat patients with psychological problems. Through the years of work he put into the private practice he created theories that would forever change the way we looked at psychological issues, and where or how they began. Freud’s advances and developments allowed the opportunity for future scientists to continue to questions the human mind.
Determinism is a theory that closely followed the majority of Freud’s basis for thinking,
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Repression is seen as a defense mechanism by Freud. Repression is used to avoid inner conflict, it can allow a person to think of a situation or memory as less valid than it actually is. Repression can affect a person in a variety of ways, it can cause irrational behavior to be seen as something normal. In the act of repression, something could always trigger the emotions or feelings that are involved with the memory one is trying to repress. Another form of repression can be seen as an unconscious repression, where the person does not know that they are actually repressing a memory or event. Freud believed that in most cases events or memories that were repressed were often sexual, and that they often happened in the childhood stage of a person’s life. Freud believed that repression could be the underlying cause of many psychological …show more content…
In some cases people may repress a certain event or memory but they are fully conscious that they are repressing a memory. There is also the possibility that a person may repress a childhood memory and are not fully aware of it. But there have been certain cases in the past in which a person can alter their repressed memory, making it invalid, they could alter it in different ways and add imagined information into the memory. The uncertainty that can arise from a repressed memory could often cause more issues. It could result in self-identity issues, not knowing entirely what happened in a previous event could be altering to people. The whole purpose of free association and speaking of repressed issues is to gain self-knowledge. But the idea of altering a repressed memory and imagining a worse scenario could end up damaging the person’s self-knowledge further. The encouragement of discussing repressed memories is somewhat important, it allows the patient to rid themselves of the different triggers that could evoke the bad memories or feelings that they have repressed. It allows people to gain a sense of self back, instead of trying to erase a part of their

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