What did Freud do for Psychological Science and Personality Research?
-A talking cure
-“free-association”, “stream of consciousness”
-Birth of modern therapy
-Basic tenet of modern health psychology
-Psychic issues may influence behavior, even when people aren’t aware
-Case study method
-Based on experiences with patients, Freud developed an
Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approach
-Desire to keep the parts of Freudian theory that work
-unconscious influences -behavior reflects jconflicts between desires and societal normal
-childhood influences adulthood
-unconscious (implicit) representations of self and others guide
-But cut the parts that don’t work
-unconscious is all about sex
1.Modern View of Repression
-Freud’s view: unacceptable thoughts pushed into the
Should we allow convictions on the basis of recovered memories?
-Traumatic events generally NOT repressed
-In fact, they cant be forgotten
-Post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam vererans -Victims of incest and childhood abuse typically DO recall these
events 10-15 yrs later.
Repressed Memories: Conclusion
-Very difficult to prove whether a recovered memory is true
-It is possible to implant memories of mundane events
-Traumatic events are particularly memorable, less likely to be
2. Modern view of the unconscious: Motivated vs. Cognitive.