The Major Freudian Defense Mechanisms

Nevertheless, Freud’s theories, as well as those of the neo-Freudians, have in many cases failed to pass the test of empiricism, and as a result they are less influential now than they have been in the past (Crews, 1998). The problems are first, that it has proved to be difficult to rigorously test Freudian theory because the predictions that it makes (particularly those regarding defense mechanisms) are often vague and unfalsifiable, and second, that the aspects of the theory that can be tested often have not received much empirical support.

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Sigmund Freud explored the human mind more thoroughly than any other who became before him

His contributions to psychology are vast

6th International Psychoanalytic Congress held at the Hague (the first after the War)
1921: Publishes 'Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego'
1923 'The Ego and the Id' deals with a new account of the structure of the mind, revising the 'conscious/pre-conscious/ unconscious' distinction to be found in 'The Interpretation of Dreams'
Main theories Sigmund Freud developed:
Seduction Theory
The Unconscious
Dream Analysis
Psychosexual Development/ Infantile Sexuality/Psyche
Death Drive
Psychoanalysis/ Defense Mechanisms
Seduction Theory
Theory:
a repressed memory of an early childhood sexual abuse or molestation experience was the essential precondition for hysterical or obsessional symptoms, with the addition of an active sexual experience up to the age of eight for the latter.
This theory requires two conditions:
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A particular problem for testing Freudian theories is that almost anything that conflicts with a prediction based in Freudian theory can be explained away in terms of the use of a defense mechanism. A man who expresses a lot of anger toward his father may be seen via Freudian theory to be experiencing the Oedipus complex, which includes conflict with the father. But a man who expresses no anger at all toward the father also may be seen as experiencing the Oedipus complex by repressing the anger. Because Freud hypothesized that either was possible, but did not specify when repression would or would not occur, the theory is difficult to falsify.

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