Effectiveness of Psychoanalysis

Assignment 1: Case study:   Tammy.

Psychoanalysis would explore Tammys conscious and unconscious mind to identify experiences, memories and repressed material that are manifesting into anxious behaviours. The aim of this therapy is to make Tammys unconscious motives conscious, as the unconscious holds the root of all neurotic symptoms and behaviour. Her cure is based on uncovering the root and supressions, right where her anxiety stems from that interferes with her functionality. Tammys therapist will identify key themes and associations. Psychoanalysis uses Freudian theories (1856-1939) and therapy combined.

Tammys displaying possible defence mechanisms, which fall under four categories as follows. Repression, Projection, Denial and Reaction Formation. There are four methods used which may help Tammy.
Free Association – Tammy would lay on a couch, with the therapist out of sight and she would be encouraged to speak freely, without sensoring any material. In this freewheeling the therapist will identify key themes and associations.
Word Association – Tammys therapist would read out a list of words, Tammys response may indicate any repression, ie, hesitation and associations. Therapist will identify key themes and associations.
Projective Techniques   - Tammy would take part in   ‘The Rorschach Inkblot Test’.   This is where tammy will be shown images of inkblots.   Her interpretations could indicate unconscious associations. Her therapist will identify these alongside key themes.
Dream Analysis- Tammys therapist will ask about her dreams.   What she recalls is the Manifest Content, underneath this content is where the Latent content lies in the unconscious. Therefore analysing Tammys dreams her therapist may be able to identify any repressions identifying key themes and association.

Here are strengths to psychoanalysis. It enables clients to talk freely in a safe , comfortable and neutral environment. It can make changes that last. Its indepth,...