Psychoanalytic Theory And Depth Psychology

1098 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 5 Pages
Claudia Segal
Question #1

1. Write a short essay in which you describe and discuss what you consider to be at least one major strength or intellectual contribution and at least one major weakness of Freud’s version of psychoanalytic theory and depth psychology. In your essay, show your understanding of key Freudian concepts 20 pts. (2 pages)
Sigmund Freud’s primary version of psychoanalytical theory presented in the late 19th century is one that has withstood the tests of time; with just a few exceptions. Freud’s psychoanalytical theory which is comprised of many of Freud’s very unique and great theories like the tripartite mind, psychosexual developmental stages, and defense mechanisms gave insight into the inner-workings of the mind that until then had not yet been discovered nor explored. After all, psychoanalysis centers on exposing the human unconscious by viewing human behavior through a deterministic lens, meaning that the mind is governed by the unconscious, instinctual drives, and other forces.
Some of his theories such as his concept on the existence and meaning of psychosexual developmental stages fall under being deterministic; this is because Freud was a strong believer in psychic determinism, which is a type of determinism that theorizes that all mental processes are determined by the unconscious or preexisting mental complexes. There lies one of Freud’s greatest weaknesses in my opinion, as over time the popularity for determinism has shifted to humanism,…
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