9/20/10- Freud soon discovered that hypnosis was not a successful technique. It brings short term relief, but the relief is not permanent.- Why? One can work this out by looking at the list of 7 points.- Which point does hypnotism fail to handle?- Hypnotism might be able to bring up the memories, but it does not help you overcome the defenses.- A defense is really a "strategy for living".- It is much harder dealing with defense than a memory.- So the history of psychoanalysis is directed towards memories and defenses. The Most Important Technique- It seems obvious to us now, but no one had ever done this before.- Freud LISTENED to his patients.- Listening is a fundamental technique.- This is a total revolution.- Psychiatry was done by medical doctors. Doctors never listened to their patients.- The patient was regarded as ignorant.- The doctor was regarded as the expert.- The role of the doctor was to give the patient instructions.- Freud was a doctor.
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