Freud's Concept of Repetition Compulsion
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The paper provides a scenario of a difficult relationship between partners and shows how it is an example of repetition compulsion, a pattern in which a person repeats over and over again behaviors which in the past have proven to be difficult or to cause pain. The paper explains why, according to Freud, people tend to repeat a traumatic episode in a compulsive manner. The paper also explains how all the Freudian components of the psyche, that is the conscious, preconscious and unconscious, are present in this case.
From the Paper:"Anna and Ben have been in a relationship for the last two years. Their differences in personality are creating disagreements and negative emotions. Anna has gained much weight since she finds that turning to food for comfort is easier than feeling the pain of Ben withholding his affections when he refuses to talk to her for days. Ben is often infuriated by Anna's passive and gullible attitude towards life and believes she is often led by others and needs constant attention. Anna feels rejected when Ben stubbornly holds on to his needs, but often gives in to him by swallowing her pain. Anna is afraid this relationship, like the previous three, is not leading to marriage. Once again her wish that she is taken care of by her partner is resulting in her own feelings of rejection. She is wondering why she chooses partners who do not want to marry her.
"From the above description it is easy to see that Anna is an example of repetition compulsion. In Freudian terms, this concept could be described as a pattern in which a person repeats over and over again behaviors which in the past have proven to be difficult or to cause pain. The repeated pattern is often a traumatic episode which the person tends to recreate. This is done by reenacting the event or by doing everything possible to create the same circumstances which led to that denouement."
Sample of Sources Used:
- van der Kolk, B. "The compulsion to repeat trauma, Re-enactment, revicimization and masochism" in Borderline Personality.ca. Retrieved from http://borderlinepersonality.ca/repeattrauma.htm , September 29, 2010
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Freud's Concept of Repetition Compulsion (2013, April 30) Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/case-study/freud-concept-of-repetition-compulsion-152841/
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