Compare and contrasting Freudian psychoanlytic theory and one neo-Freudian

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Compare and contrast Freudian psychoanalytic psychology with one neo-Freudian theory

Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory was a ground braking and innovative way to look into a human’s mind and how it works. It tries to explain behaviour by seeking it in the unconscious mind of a human. The unconscious mind stores a variety of aspects, ranging from past memories, hopes, ideas, and also past traumas that a person experienced.  The unconscious mind is not perceivable in everyday activities. However it has a great deal of effect to our normal and everyday behaviour. Nevertheless Freud received an enormous and fierce opposition concerning the premises that psychoanalytic theory was based on and the validity it has. Freud’s main principle for the theory was mainly the pleasure principle. He also annoyed lots of people because of his psychosexual growth stages focuses to much on the sexual part. Many psychologists then try to come up with an alternative idea in how to explain the development of behaviour. One of them is Erik Eriksson with his psychosocial development stages.

Both of them do try to explain how the personality develops through stages according to the theorist’s premise. Freud uses the sexual pleasure as his premise and Eriksson uses the interaction between the person and the social surroundings.

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Freud’s psychosexual stages strives in explaining the development of personality by -looking at their past experience regarding to their libido – the sexual energy that a person has- and how badly it is disrupted. The psychosexual stages consist of the oral stage, anal stage, and phallic stage, latent and genital stages. All of the stages have its own consequences when a person becomes fixated in it. But, the two most crucial stage of the development is the anal stage and phallic stage.

The anal stage encompasses the second year of life. The child gets its erotic pleasure from their ...

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