Psychoanalytic Theory

  • Frederick Sierles


Psychoanalysis,* fathered by Sigmund Freud during the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th, is a theory of personality development, a method of behavioral investigation, and a treatment for certain mental disorders. There are two concepts which are the underpinnings of psychoanalysis [1]: The first, determinism, posits that behaviors are never random — they are caused by underlying mental processes that originated in past events. The second, a belief in the unconscious, posits that what we think about at a given time represents only “the tip of the iceberg” of our mental processes, that there are enormous quantities of mental energy attached to processes outside of our awareness. These processes continually affect our behavior even though we may not be aware of them.


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