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Is there anything to the Freudian theories of psychotherapy?

I read Freud with great pleasure. He was such an articulate and intuitive writer. And I know lots of people get lots of benefit from psychotherapists who endorse Freud. But there is no shortage of psychotherapists and academics who say that his original theories have been discounted or are unfalsifiable. So where is the wheat that we can separate from the chaff?

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Freud first came to the study of the unconscious mind through studying the effects of hypnosis. He did not care for the hypnosis of his day so he developed free association as a method of accessing the unconscious causes of neurotic symptoms. This method takes a long time and it is difficult to test experimentally.

(The developer of modern, conversational hypnosis was Dr. Milton Erickson. This is a more permission type of hypnosis that has found positive effects for many.)

But the main focus of Freud's is that the there is an unconscious mind as reveled in our dreams and in other ways. While therapists today may not subscribe to all of what Freud had to say, many accept the idea that the unconscious or subconscious mind has a lot to do with what ails people who present a variety of symptoms.


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There are definitely aspects of Freudian psychology that explain how a child matures and identifies with parents as well as how the psyche develops. As far as extrapolating those theories into adulthood that is where some the line gets a little more blurred depending on the provider and how they interpret behavior.


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