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← Freud and psycho-analysis: still useful?

HypnoPete's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by HypnoPete

I am training to become a full time hypnotherapist and the course work is heavily weighted to Freud's theories and methods.

I would recommend the book 'Freud - A Very Short Introduction' by Anthony Storr. It has chapters covering the major aspects of Freud's work and critically assesses each one in the light of modern knowledge. The conclusion that I have come to is that Freud was wrong about many things but we still have a lot to thank him for.

I feel that he postulated a model of human development and psychology which has more holes in it than Swiss cheese and yet somehow manages to explain most human behaviour most of the time. Perhaps what we should thank him most for is raising the importance of the subconscious mind and how repressed memories can affect us.

My mentor has been practising hypnotherapy and hypnoanalysis for over 30 years and has treated tens of thousands of patients. I have seen with my own eyes how somebody who has suffered crippling anxiety for years has been completely cured with a few hours of hypno-analysis because they have been able to release repressed memories. I have surprised myself by what my subconscious has revealed under hypnosis. Maybe Freud did get much wrong, yet I can testify that his theories are being used on a daily basis to bring about almost miraculous cures to many people.

What I find particularly ironic is that Freud abandoned hypnosis as a therapy and yet today using hypnotherapy we are acheiving results in a few hours that conventional psychotherapy takes hundreds of hours to match. Yet another thing that Freud got wrong - but perhaps that is another discussion.

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 08:59:46 UTC | #885892