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    Imagine that an existential psychotherapist and a Freudian psychoanalysis encounter the same scenario where a person seeks help with recurring episodes of serious anxiety. What are some other psychodynamic perspectives?

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    The distinctions between Freud and the existentialists are vast. They are nearly opposites when approaching any psychological problem, anxiety included. Put simply, Freud might well analyze a pathologically anxious person to be suffering from a cognitive conflict between the id and the ego, or, more commonly, the id and superego. The existentialist, refusing to split the brain up into these compartments, will almost always claim that the person suffering is being dishonest: anxiety comes from the deliberate and conscious refusal to face reality (Smith, 1999 and Yalom, 1980).

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