Psychoanalytic Theory: Life-Span Development Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Psychoanalytic Theory: Life-Span Development
A discussion of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theories and a comparison with other developmental theories.
# 118730 | 999 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 18, 2010 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper examines Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory of development. It discusses the components of the psychoanalytic theory, particularly the energy in the mind and "psychic determinism." The paper then briefly compares developmental theories and contrasts these with Freud's psychoanalysis. Finally, the paper compares psychoanalytic theorist, Erik Erikson's theories with those of Freud.

From the Paper:

"The psychoanalytic theory best explains life-span development because it is the only theory that emphasizes the importance of childhood experiences as well as experiences of adulthood. Freud's basic work in psychoanalytic theory focused on child development and the belief that neuroses that occur later in life can be traced back to childhood trauma. Another psychoanalytic theorists was Erik Erikson who focused more on the entire life-span as opposed to Freud's focus mainly on childhood development. Erikson believed that each stage of life had to do with overcoming some sort of conflict and that the way an individual copes with this conflict is a predictor of how well they will function."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Black, Margaret J. Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought. Basic Books. 1995.
  • Freud, Sigmund. The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud (Psychopathology of Everyday Life, the Interpretation of Dreams, and Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex). Modern Library. England. July 10, 1995.
  • Sugarman, Leonie. Life-Span Development: Concepts, Theories, and Interventions. Methuen & Co. London, England. 1996.
  • Elliot, Anthony. Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction. Duke University Press Durham, NC. 2002.

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