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Unformatted text preview: FREUD I. Introduction A. Why the fuss?- feelings about important things are not simple. We have multiple complex feelings... sometimes you want something but you fear it or you are embarrassed by it... We discover things about ourselves on a daily basis. Freudian theory is one of the few theories that allow you to talk about all these things (unlike trait theories... if you give a trait description about a friend of yours it will have to be a ¡at theory that is not 2D and does not capture the richness of your experience with that person). Freudian theory allows you to talk about these complexities (point 1): rich theory. Point 2: it is tied to real things; practical to use. A. Three Theories in one- when people talk about Freud they are often talking about Freud's theory of personality. There is also a theory of psychopathology. Third, there is a theory and set of techniques about psychotherapy. We are focusing on #1. Freud had a number of intellectual descendants. All of them are referred to as “Psychodynamic Theorists”. Feud, Adler, Erikson, Yeung. II.Basic Assumptions A. Psychic Determinism- these two core ideas are accepted by everyone in the psychodynamic family and tradition. (the others we can pick and chose). #1: Psychic Determinism. Psychic has connotation but it is just an old fashion word for “mental”. EVERYTHING we do, think, or feel has meaning and purpose. Nothing is meaningless or accidental. Where did Freud develop this? From his experiences with patients. He found (or falsely convinced himself of) was that even the most hard to understand, the most bizarre behavior that his patients produced, when examined in detail, became meaningful and comprehensible. Is this blindingly obvious? In daily life, we are in the habit of dismissing our own behavior in certain situations as meaningless. (ex. you do something and then after you say “I don’t know why i did that, that was so silly”). We also dismiss others behavior “He must have some screws lose in his head”. But Freud said all that behavior is meaningful and purposeful. Ex. If you TV set breaks down, it’s symptomatic behavior is the malfunctioning of the device, it does not have meaning and purpose... Freud is saying that when people go wrong they are not like malfunctioning machines; there is meaning and purpose!...
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- Winter '11