The following summary is based on: McLeod, S. A. (2008). Erik Erikson. Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html Introduction Erikson’s ideas were greatly influenced by Freud, going along with Freud’s ideas about the structure and topography of personality. Different from Freud, who focused on the unconscious, Erikson addressed the development of the ego in psycho-social stages. He emphasized the role of […]

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written by: Jurgen Braungardt. Nov 2014. © 2014 Jurgen Braungardt. All rights reserved What is “transference”? “Transference” is a psychoanalytic term that refers to something that is very common in daily life: People displace unresolved conflicts, dependencies, and aggressions onto others (e.g. substituting a lover, spouse, etc. for one’s parent) for reasons that are not […]

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Press Conference by Doctor Jacques Lacan at the French Cultural Center, Rome, 29 October 1974.Published in the Lettres de l’École freudienne, 1975, n° 16, pp. 6-26.  during which I have taught in a way that has carved out, it might be said, my positions. I [1] J. Lacan – I already took up my positions […]

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This short essay was written in January 1938 and published after Freud’s death in 1939. He used the idea of ego-splitting in earlier texts, for instance in “Fetishism” (1927), or as an explanation for psychotic mechanisms, in his early papers on psychosis. In the paper, Freud describes a solution found by the child, to simultaneously satisfy his […]

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Lacan developed his graph of desire in four stages – you find them below. The graphs and the theory behind it can be found in the 1960 essay “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious.” In: Jacques Lacan, Ecrits, trans. Bruce Fink (New York: W.W.Norton &Company, 2006), p. […]

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From: Sigmund Freud (1901): Psychopathology of Everyday Life. Translation by A. A. Brill (1914) Chapter 2 The ordinary vocabulary of our own language seems to be protected against forgetting within the limits of normal function, but it is quite different with words from a foreign language. The tendency to forget such words extends to all […]

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This dream from Freud’s of “Interpretation of Dreams,” 1900, is often used to demonstrate the structure of hysteria. It can be found in Chapter 4, “Distortion in Dreams.” You are always saying that a dream is a wish fulfilled,” begins an intelligent lady patient. “Now I shall tell you a dream in which the content […]

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