Shedding Light On Freud 's Controversial Psychoanalytic Theory

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Shedding Light on Freud’s Controversial Psychoanalytic Theory
Krystle D. Kraft
St. Johns River State College:
Human Growth and Development

Shedding Light on Freud’s Controversial Psychoanalytic Theory Psychoanalytic theories suggest that developmental changes happen due to the power of internal drives and emotions. Sigmund Freud, a Viennese physician, is said to be the founding father of this theory. He believed biological impulses, such as a need for food and sex, were the driving impulses for personality development (Denise Boyd & Helen Bee, 2012, p. 25). In fact, one of Freud’s most influential achievements was his psychosexual theory of personality development, which spawned a whirlwind of controversy. Freud believed that emotional instability in adulthood was a product of childhood trauma (Boyd & Bee, 2012, p. 26). Despite the controversial aspects of his psychosexual theory, he had many followers known as neo-Freudians like, Erik Erikson who emphasized the same stages of personality development as Freud with less controversial aspects.
Sigmund Freud: Psychosexual Theory Sigmund Freud’s theory of personality development is both famous and controversial at best. Freud believed that personality developed through childhood stages. This psychosexual energy, or Freud would say, libido, was described as the driving force behind behavior. His theory suggests that personality is fully developed by the age of five. According to Freud, healthy personality…
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