Freud Fall 2008

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10/23/11 FREUD AND PSYCHODYNAMIC THEORY p. 558-561 What you should know: Defense mechanisms Core principles Problems with the theory Non-conscious cognition
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10/23/11 THE FREUDIAN UNCONSCIOUS
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10/23/11 • Adult personality is primarily the result of adaptation to the "socialization of instinctual needs" (primarily sexual and aggressive) in the first 5 years of life. • Socialization: the process of resolving the conflict between "instinctual gratification" and the demands of society ( Civilization and its discontents). Incomplete, unsatisfactory resolution of such conflict is the precursor of anxiety, neurosis, emotional disorders, personality type, habitual modes of dealing with conflict. Forgetting of early childhood trauma is caused by unconsciously motivated forgetting ( repression ). Classical Freudian Theory: The Core Ideas
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10/23/11 Development of Id, Ego and Superego The infant is initially “polymorphously sexual” (seeking pleasure from any source) The normal course of development is towards eventual heterosexual "love- objects” Failure to progress through oral - anal - genital stages produces fixations ("polymorphous perversities")
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10/23/11 Conversion Disorders Ch. 16 p. 604-605
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10/23/11 The Theory of Seduction (1890-1895) “I had discovered the roots of the subsequent neurosis [hysteria] in these experiences of sexual seduction in childhood.” “Hysteria”: psychosomatic complaints, conversion disorders: manifestations of unconscious conflict, guilt, shame. (A few years later): “I was at last obliged to recognize that these scenes of seduction had never taken place, and that they were only fantasies which my patients had made up.”
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10/23/11 The New Theory What does get repressed are infantile & childhood fantasies and conflicts (Oedipus complex; Electra complex). Penis envy Castration anxiety
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10/23/11 EVALUATING FREUDIAN THE0RY How should Freudian psychoanalytic principles and inferences be evaluated? In the same way as those of any scientific theory: derive a
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