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Psychoanalytical School of Psychology

The Psychoanalytical school of Psychology traces its roots back to the mid 1800's and the work of Sigmund Freud the father of psychoanalysis and arguably talking therapies.

Freud believed that humans had a subconscious part of their psyche that could in some cases cause individuals to experience 'neuroses', which presented as a number of negative feelings such as anger, anxiety, depression, low self worth etc.

Neurosis is no longer used in the language of therapy, being replaced by an overarching term namely 'Anxiety Disorder'.
The psychoanalytical approach to therapy is still taught and practised today , however modern practitioners having access to research accumulated after Freud’s death in 1939 would work in contemporary way, and unlike Freud would consider the relationship between client and therapist as an important part of the therapeutic alliance or relationship.


The basic tenets of Freud’s ideas still remain, that as humans we are driven by three district and subconscious drives the Id, Ego, and Super ego, which need to attain balance.

The 'Id' pursues our desires and is fuelled by the Libido our desire to procreate the Ego is the moral compass (or mediator) between the Id and the Super ego.

One of the consistent themes is that of the presenting past the idea that our here and now difficulties are rooted in past events, maybe in childhood of which we are unaware.

Differing schools of psychoanalysis have emerged, one of the more well known is Transactional Analysis developed in the 1950'by Eric Berne who wanted to demystify therapy by using what he described as 'layman’s' language.

He developed a therapy called Transactional Analysis, which replaced the Freudian idea super of superego, ego and Id, with the term Parent-Adult -Child.

Berne contributed to Child development theories by introducing the term life script, the idea that as very young children (4-5 Y) we subconsciously produce a life plan based on our interaction with care givers.

This links with another of his theories that as children we take on injunctions subconscious messages from our care givers, this lead to us developing a coping mechanism called drivers which help us attain emotional balance in the world.

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