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Counseling Psychology : Freud and anxiety

According to Freud, how do we handle anxiety? Please provide real-life examples. (at least 300-400 words)

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1. According to Freud, how do we handle anxiety? Please provide real-life examples.

Anxiety, according to Freud, was a signal of danger to the person. Specifically, the danger was the threat of "repressed" childhood memories and urges and fantasies coming into a person's consciousness or actually being carried out. Freud believed that an event that occurs in adulthood could trigger an old repressed urge or fear, such as losing love. Immediately, the person becomes anxious-and, according to Freud, often without knowing the reason why. Freud believed "that we prevented anxiety through developing defense mechanisms to keep hidden the "true" causes of our childhood fears, urges and shames" (http://www.psychologicalselfhelp.org/Chapter5/chap5_59.html).

In other words, we PREVENT feelings of ...

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Through discussion and example, this solution examines Freud's ideas of how we handle anxiety. References are provided.

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