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Major Assumptions of Freudian Theory

What are the major assumptions of Freudian theory?

What is the unit of analysis for Freudian theory?

What philosophical assumptions might this postmodernism study make about depression, the role of researchers, and the methodologies used to study this topic?

What would be a potential research question for this team? Formulate one potential research question and make sure the research question is aligned with the epistemological underpinnings; that is, postmodernism and Freudian theory.

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First, the major unit of analysis for Freud is the psychic apparatus. He used the method of psychoanalysis.
Freudian psychoanalysis is a process in which the analyst interprets the patient, or "analysand's" thoughts, including: free associations, fantasies, and dreams in order to resolve their problems.


1.a person's development is determined by events in early childhood
2. human behavior is driven largely by the unconscious
3.attempts to bring those drives into awareness meet psychological resistance in the form of defense mechanisms;
conflicts between conscious and unconscious (repressed) material can result in mental disturbances such as neurosis, neurotic traits, anxiety, depression etc
4. the liberation from the effects of the unconscious material is achieved through bringing this material into the conscious mind (via e.g. skilled guidance).

The major assumptions of Freudian theory include:

1. all psychic energy is generated by the libido
2. the mind is structured into two main parts: the conscious and unconscious mind
3. The human personality can be divided ...

Solution Summary

An overview of the major assumptions of Freudian Theory in contrast to Postmodern Psychology. As an example, both techniques are discussed in relation to the topic of adolescent depression for a research study. Narrative theory is briefly touched upon. A Foucauldian critique of Freud is briefly touched upon. 3 sources are provided.