Freud’s Psychoanalytic Interpretation: The Investigation of the Mind


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Freud's Psychoanalytic Interpretation: The Investigation of the Mind
Freud wrote that “I have to maintain that dreams really do possess a meaning, and that a scientific method of dream-interpretation is possible” (Freud Interpretation 80). His idea was that the mind was, even within the dream-state, still working, and in this way dreams might be able to offer some insight into the subconscious thoughts that inform our conscious beliefs and actions. At the same time, Freud’s work in proving these beliefs, namely through his work with his patient ‘Dora,’ seem to be inconclusive. This essay serves to examine how Freud’s techniques of psychoanalytic interpretation might be understood as offering a scientific method for investigation of the...
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.....ple, allows patients to work outside of their rational assessment of their own experiences so that the therapist might be able to gain insight into their thought processes. As well, his experience working with Dora allowed Freud to come up with the theory of transference, which is when a patient redirects strong sensitivities or feelings about past experiences or people to the therapist during the course of psychoanalysis. With these tools, the analysis of unconscious ideas and memories might be able to be mined more easily.
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