Sigmund Freud And Freud 's Theory Of The Unconscious Mind Essay

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A twenty-one year old woman by the name of Anna O that was caring for her ailing father began to experience severe debilitating physical and psychological symptoms. During this period, most psychoses were labeled as hysteria. Anna O began to hallucinate, experience paralysis, and have an extreme aversion to food and drink. She underwent treatment with Dr. Breuer (Oxford Journals, 2005). When Dr. Breuer treated Anna O for her “hysteria” and her mental and physical symptoms he discovered that as she began to talk of hidden thought processes about her experiences during their discussions, whether through hypnosis or while conscious, certain symptoms would disappear (Oxford Journals, 2005). Dr. Breuer discussed Anna O’s case with Sigmund Freud and Freud later perfected this “talking cure.” Also known as sweeping the chimney or sweeping the mind. Sigmund Freud’s theory of the unconscious mind claimed that people experience hysteria or other reactions in response to repressed experiences. “The unconscious contains all those drives, urges, or instincts that are beyond our awareness but that nevertheless motivate most of our words, feelings, and actions (Feist & Feist, 2008).” Freud and his theory are responsible for the birth of what is known today as psychoanalysis and Freud is considered the founding father of psychoanalysis. In treating Anna O, Freud would examine the relationship between Anna and her father and check for other possible triggers from her life that could
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