Essay Sigmund Freud 's Theory Of Personality And Human Nature

891 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
Sigmund Freud’s system of psychoanalysis was the first theory of personality and acts as a system of therapy to treat mental disorders, and the framework that was established by Freud’s psychoanalysis is still used in the study personality and human nature today (Schultz & Schultz, 2013, p. 41). Freud’s original theories have been expanded upon and can be used by therapists to help patients with various issues in the modern day. Therapists using the psychoanalytical approach have to focus on the understanding the unconscious mind and focusing on maintaining a proper “psychoanalyst-patient” relationship in order to produce positive results (“Psychoanalytic Theory & Approaches,” n.d.). In the case of Bernadette, the main focus of a therapist following the psychoanalytical approach should be to analyze Bernadette’s case study for potential trouble areas, help Bernadette address her defense mechanisms, and ethically apply concepts to help Bernadette with her issues.
Situation Analysis First of all, Bernadette is a married woman who has recently been having a hard time both at work and at home. The issues at work include not receiving a needed raise, feeling antagonized by her boss, working for over 50 hours a week, and being labeled a “brown-noser” for going out of her way to do nice things for her coworkers and boss. The work issues are compounded by her husband requesting trial separation because Bernadette has always had troubles with intimacy and her husband doesn’t see the…

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