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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Existential psychology vs. Freudian Psychoanalysis in Dealing with Anxiety


Freudian psychoanalysis distinguished three types of anxiety, - objective anxiety, neurotic anxiety, and moral anxiety .  It is the ego's job to deal with anxiety (Hergenhahn, 2009).  Freud's theories emphasize on sex as the main motive for human behavior, therefore a Freudian psychoanalysis therapist may attribute  origin of the person’s anxiety to sex oriented issues such as sexual relationship, conflicts, and abuse, etc.  The role of Freudian psychoanalysis therapist is to encourage patients to focus on affect and the expression of emotion and to explore their attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings. 
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