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September 14 , 2012 Psych 2B03: Theories of Personality Freud and Psychoanalysis (1) Biography - born in 1856 - large family, eldest - mother’s favourite - medical school - patients who have physical symptoms with no cause, conversion disorder - Freud uses electrical stimulation to jump start the nervous system - Patient with hysterical symptoms who could recall when the symptoms first occurred and when she had similar experiences when the symptoms appeared again they got better - Hypnosis to recall these emotions, suggest that the symptoms will go away - Hysteria related to sex - Part of the mind can hide things from consciousness - Memories can deliberately be locked from consciousness - Post hypnotic suggestion: sometimes we do things for reasons we don’t understand and the reason we believe the cause of our behaviour is not always understood - Conscious mind doesn’t know the reasons for our own behaviour - Free association - Comes from sexual experience in childhood - First person to notice childhood sexual abuse - Seduction theory, however most of these memories were not true but stories from the unconscious that the patient wish had happened, disguised
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