Psycho Analytic Approach

Psychoanalytic Approach

Terry Richards


21 February 2012
Dr. Sabrina Norman
    The psychoanalytic approach to personality and theories will be compared and contrasted in this report, letting the readers be aware how the approach and or theories is directing one’s behavior. These approaches and or theories will be from Freud, Jung, and Adler. There will be two characteristics of these theories that the author will agree with and two characteristics that the author will not agree with. Also the stages of Freud’s theory will be explained in detail by using the components of Freud’s theories. This paper will explore and describe at least three of the Freudian defense mechanisms with some real-life examples. What are the components of the psychoanalytic approach to personality through the eyes of Freud, Jung, and Adler?
Psychoanalytic Approach
    The most well known psychologist Sigmund Freud is known to be one of the best or even the greatest psychiatrist of all times. Freud’s psychoanalytic theory was the earliest well defined theory of personality.   The psychoanalytic approach or theories from Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Alfred Adler make it known that there is an inner force that directs one’s behavior.   Freud, Jung, and Adler believed that parenting and childhood development played a large role in the shaping of a personality and all three believed that dreams and daydreams play an important role as well. Another similarity in each of their beliefs was the impact that the unconscious mind played in psychoanalytic analysis. Jung and Freud both depended on the ideas of unconscious determinants of behavior, but to Jung the unconscious was broader than Freud could see. Freud unconscious only discusses a personal unconscious, which many of these contents were unacceptable or unpleasant.
    Freud’s work is now the most recognized and most heavily cited in all of psychology and referenced in humanities as well. Freud put a lot of...