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Little Hans - Sigmund Freud's work.

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Little Hans Description A lot of Sigmund Freud's work was done with adults, at one stage he did have the opportunity to work with one child known as little Hans. Freud didn't actually work directly with the child but did correspond with his father who was familiar with Freud's theories and wrote to Freud when Hans's behavior appeared to the father as a case Freud may have been interested in. Little Hans was a 5 year old boy who had been suffering from anxiety which then led to a number of phobias. At a young age Hans began to show a great interest in his 'widdler' and of other peoples genital organs. Hans had a tendency to masturbate and would often receive threats form his mother that she was going to cut off his penis if he didn't stop playing with it. ...read more.


All this was later concluded as the Oedipus complex which occurs in boys. All boys take their mothers as their first love object. And become jealous over their fathers and want their father out of the way so they can have their mother all to them selves. However as their father is bigger and stronger than the child they become afraid that their father will punish them through castration. Later on Hans developed a new fear of being bitten by horses Freud linked this to two incidents- over hearing a father say to a child 'don't put your finger in the white horse mouth or it will bite you' and seeing a horse pulling a carriage fall down and kick about with its legs. ...read more.


Evaluation As I mentioned, in this case study Freud was never able to be in contact with little Hans and Hans's father actually gave Freud all the information this method of experiment has its advantages and disadvantages as Hans's father would have lacked objective data as he might not have reported to Freud all the details he would have needed to make a full analysis on the child's behavior. It's hard to know if the father can pick up on all the things Hans is reveling and also one doesn't know if Hans is ever showing all his thoughts and feelings. The advantages on little Hans's father analyzing Hans is that he will know Hans better that Freud would have. Also Hans would be more relaxed as he is in his natural environment around his father. Freud's overall theories towards little Hans is just ones mans view, there will be many other explanations regarding his behavior by different doctors. ...read more.

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