Psychoanalysis is a set of psychological theories and therapeutic techniques, originally developed by Sigmund Freud. Over time, Freud's theories and techniques have been revised, and reformed by later psychoanalysts, many of whom went on to develop their own independent ideas.
The fundamental principles of psychoanalysis include the following:
Psychoanalysis refers to a specific type of treatment in which the "analysand" (patient undergoing psychoanalysis) verbally expresses his thoughts, fantasies, and dreams from which the analyst deduces the unconscious conflicts causing the patient's symptoms, and interprets them for the patient to gain insight for resolution of the problems. Through the analysis of conflicts, psychoanalytic treatment can help patients understand how they unconsciously play a role in creating their own difficulties. In addition, they also understand how unconscious actions and reactions that have been evoked by experiences (often long forgotten) are causing symptoms.
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