Major Movements in Psychology

Psychoanalytic Theory

How is Freudian theory seen today?

Since the inception of psychoanalysis, Freud has always had passionate loyalists and detractors. Psychoanalysis has been trashed as all hocus-pocus; Freud’s writings have also been treasured as the bible and seen as infallible. To some extent this is still the case today. However, many advances in our understanding of behavior and of the brain have shown that Freud was often onto something, although he was wrong in many of the specifics. Modern neuroscience, for example, has revealed the frontal lobe and the limbic system to function dramatically similarly to the ego and the id.


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