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Describe a recent issue you [or another person] faced [or are now facing]. No names please! Call this person “Person X” for the purpose of confidentiality

Hi Everyone! For Week 3, we focus on The Psychoanalytic Approach: Neo‑Freudian Theory, Application, Assessment and Research. In preparation for this week’s work, please read chapters 5 and 6 of the course textbook. As you review this material, focus on the following topics and supplemental material:

  • Limits and Liabilities of Freudian Theory (Links to an external site.)Neo Freudians (Links to an external site.)
  • Alfred Adler (Links to an external site.), the first psychoanalyst to break with Freud (including parental influence on personality development and birth order) and a comparison of Freud and Adler (Links to an external site.)
  • Carl Jung (Links to an external site.)(including the Collective Unconscious, Some Important Archetypes, Evidence for the Collective Unconscious)
  • Erik Erikson (Links to an external site.)‘s Personality Development throughout the Life Cycle and Basic Trust versus Mistrust including: Autonomy versus Shame and Doubt, Initiative versus Guilt, Industry versus Inferiority, Identity versus Role Confusion, Intimacy versus Isolation, Generativity versus Stagnation, and Ego Integrity versus Despair
  • Karen Horney (Links to an external site.)(Neurosis, Moving Toward People, Moving Against People, Moving Away From People and Feminine Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic Theory and Religion (Links to an external site.)
  • Assessment via Personal Narratives (Links to an external site.) and Measuring Personality with Personal Narratives (Links to an external site.)
  • Neo Freudians (Links to an external site.)
  • Strengths and Criticisms of Neo-Freudian Theories (Links to an external site.)
  • Anxiety and Coping Strategies (Links to an external site.)including: Coping with Anxiety, Types of Coping Strategies [ Problem-Focused Strategies, Emotion-Focused Strategies, ] How Effective Are Coping Strategies?, and Coping Flexibility
  • Psychoanalytic Concepts and Aggression including:Frustration and Aggression (Links to an external site.), Displacing Aggression (Links to an external site.), and Catharsis and Aggression (Links to an external site.)
  • Attachment Style (Links to an external site.) and Adult Relationships including: Object Relations Theory and Attachment Theory (Links to an external site.), Adult Attachment Styles (Links to an external site.), Alternate Models and Measurement, Attachment Style and Romantic Relationships


  • Identify one Neo-Freudian thinker discussed in the course text.
  • Compare and contrast this scholar’s views with Freud’s theories.
  • Explain whether you agree with the views of the identified Neo-Freudian scholar or Freud, and why?
  • Next, substantially respond to at least two other posts.


  • Describe a recent issue you [or another person] faced [or are now facing]. No names please! Call this person “Person X” for the purpose of confidentiality
  • Please consider given our current state of affairs to write about the impact of a timely topic such as COVID/the pandemic, racial inequities, civil unrest or political divisiveness.
  • Identify some of the ways that you/the person coped with the issue you identified
  • Classify each coping strategy as a problem-focused strategy, an emotion-focused strategy or an avoidance strategy [as described in the course text)
  • Describe the effectiveness of each of these strategies
  • Define the term “anxiety” and identify whether this issue or the strategies applied to the identified issue led to anxiety, and why.
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