Reaction to Psychoanalytic Theory

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Reaction to Psychoanalytic Theory My reaction to the psychoanalytic theory is that the process takes many years before results can be seen. The other part to using the theory is that the client must be at a point in their life where they are willing to work on their issues of not only the present, but also of the past. Having a background in psychology, I have always thought the psychoanalytic theory had its place among the adult clients, but never considered it for children ages of five up to adolescence. As we talked in class it is best suited for adults, but it can be used with children. To see how this might work I read two articles that discussed using the psychoanalytic theory with children. The first article, How Shall We Treat the Children in the 21 st Century by Clarice Kestenbaum looks at the history of those who have used the psychoanalytic theory with children. She explains that when the theory was first being used with children it did not work very well. The process was too much for younger children to understand. Over time
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