Question by One: Is Freudian and Jungian psychology and Psychoanalysis respected today?
Or have people moved passed it and onto something else? Or do people laugh at it? It seems that some people still hold it in high regard while others do not.
Answer by Amanda
They have their place in understanding instinctive human behaviour so they are very useful when using cognitive behaviourial therapy.
Freud said that the goal of therapy was to make the unconscious conscious.
Cognitive behaviourial therapy focuses on tapping into your unconscious actions and gaining insight you can use to handle the situation better the next time.
Freud makes the unconscious sound very unpleasant, to say the least: It is a cauldron of seething desires, a bottomless pit of perverse and incestuous cravings, a burial ground for frightening experiences which nevertheless come back to haunt us.
In this way they differ. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy works on the premise that mankind is basically good and if you change the desired behaviour, then the thoughts and feelings associated with that behaviour will change as well.
Carl Jung’s theories are based on using life experiences to guide the soul rather than book knowledge. Therapists use patients every day experiences to help guide them rather than make them work through manuals.
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