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Important Theories in Psychoanalysis - Chapter Summary
Our interesting chapter presents the major theories of psychoanalysis and their definitions and explanations, including the id, ego and superego, Freud's stages of psychosexual development and Freudian defense mechanisms. Use our self-assessment quizzes to test yourself before or after you review the lessons to see how well you understand. If you like to study offline, all the main topics and keywords you need to know are featured in our printable lesson transcripts. Our instructors are available to offer you assistance if you need it when working through the chapter. These lessons can help you understand the following topics:
- The theories and biography of Anna Freud
- What the stages of identity formation entail
- The differences between Freud and Erikson's psychoanalytic theories
- Karen Horney's theories on basic anxiety and neurosis
- What Carl Jung theorized about dreams and the psyche
- The theories of Alfred Adler
- Which therapies are used in psychoanalysis
1. Psychoanalysis Theory: Definition & Explanation
In this lesson, we will focus on the definition of psychoanalysis, discuss Freud's theory of psychoanalysis, and delve into the concepts behind his theory. When you get to the end of the lesson, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
2. Freud's Theory of the Id, Ego & Superego: Definitions & Examples
Do you know who or what is behind the metaphorical angel and devil sitting on your shoulders, debating whether you should get up for a jog or hit the snooze button again? This lesson examines this type of internal debate by addressing Freud's work on the different sides of our conscious and unconscious selves - the id, the ego, and the superego.
3. Freudian Defense Mechanisms: Definition, Levels & Examples
Do you think that defense mechanisms are what happen in the football field and coping mechanisms are what a team does when the quarterback is injured? Think again. These are just two of the list of Freud's terms used to categorize how we react to life's curve balls. Watch this lesson to get the whole picture.
4. Freud's Stages of Psychosexual Development
Among Freud's most notorious theories is his theory of psychosexual development. This lesson discusses each of the stages and traces how he theorized that normal development leads to sexual maturity and how certain stages can develop awry.
5. Anna Freud: Biography & Theories
This lesson focuses on Anna Freud, daughter of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Like her father, Anna worked in the field of psychology most of her life. Her theories and papers form a body of work that still underlies modern psychology and psychoanalysis.
6. Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples
How do we form identities as we age and grow? To answer this question, Erik Erikson came up with eight stages of identity formation that revolve around conflict and resolution. Who are you, and who will you become after completing this lesson?
7. Freud and Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences & Analysis
Differentiate between Freud's and Erikson's approaches to psychoanalytic theory in this lesson. You will examine and compare developmental stages side by side and have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.
8. Basic Anxiety & Neurosis: Karen Horney's Theory
Explore Karen Horney's theories on the development of basic anxiety and neuroses. Learn about each neurotic need, further illustrated with some real life examples.
9. Carl Jung's Theories: Personality, Psyche & Dreams
In this lesson, we will be discussing Carl Jung's theories. Specifically, we will look at his theories on personality, dream analysis and the human psyche. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.
10. Alfred Adler's Theories: Overview & Summary
Alfred Adler's psychoanalytic theory of individual psychology has had a large impact. This lesson will provide a brief overview, explain key concepts, and explore the therapeutic technique used by Adler.
11. Psychoanalytic Therapy: Free Association, Dream Analysis and Transference & Resistance
Psychoanalytic therapy has many techniques. This lesson will explore four of these techniques: free association, dream analysis, and the analysis of transference and resistance.
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