Sigmund Freud's Psychology Of Religion

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Register to read the introduction… While Freud was adamant about not using suggestive commentary, he still supported the use of pressure in psychoanalytic therapy, as he explains “ although the patient can rid himself of an hysterical symptom only after reproducing and uttering under emotion its casual pathogenic impressions, yet the therapeutic task merely consists in inducing him to do it” (“Selected Papers on Hysteria” 72). By minutely pressuring a patient past resistance, Freud was able to find the true repressed issues, such as the Oedipal issue resulting in religion, and treat the disorder with minimal adverse symptoms. Although Freud eagerly defended the success of psychoanalytic therapy, contemporary examination of his writings has revealed the juxtaposition within free …show more content…
Unlike the concealed guidance and otherwise obscurity of free association, in The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud maintained “there is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and that on the application of this technique every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, and one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state” (137). When a patient unknowingly exhibits resistance to exposing unconscious sources of grief, such as the religion neurosis, in free association, Freud states that dream analysis is crucial, particularly because “the connection must be carefully sought…[as] it may for a long while elude discovery.” (“The Interpretation of Dreams” 141). As Freud had previously noted that individuals partaking in religion are unable to recognize religion as a neurosis because they are blinded by distortion, he found yet another clinical implication of his Psychology of Religion (774). The popularity of Freudian dream analysis has not continued unscathed, it has instead been the subject of a large amount of criticism. In critiquing Freudian psychoanalysis, R.S. Woodworth discussed the variation in symbolism resulting from individual association with

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