Is Freudian Theory A Science?

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Is Freudian Theory a Science?
There has been much debate and controversy over the work of Sigmund Freud for many reasons such as his ideas about human sexuality, his seemingly outrageous theories for his time period, and the success of his psychoanalytic method of therapy, but perhaps the most interesting issue with Freud’s work is the claim that it may not be scientific. This would first depend on your definition of the word science. According to, “Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence”. If you go by this definition, then I believe that you could possibly make the argument that some of Freud’s theories and life work are scientific solely based on the fact that he applied knowledge and understanding of different mental unconscious functions based on evidence that he collected in case histories. He used these case histories, which are detailed documents of patients that he treated, to form hypotheses. But that doesn’t encompass all of Freudian theory. Take the topographical model for example. According to Freud’s early explanation, the human mind acts as an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg, the part is available for humans to think about and work with, is the conscious. This is then followed by the preconscious, which is things that you can introspect upon and remember. Then there is the ever so vast unconscious, which is not

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