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What Is… The Anal Triad

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the anal triad. This was originally intended to be a post on stubbornness. I couldn't find much interesting on that, but it led me to obstinacy, which in turn led to the anal triad. We have Sigmund… Continue reading What Is… The Anal Triad

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What is… Containment

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is containment. Containment was first proposed by British psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion to describe a pattern of communicating mental experiences. Another researcher suggested that Bion's theory was influenced by the way he himself had managed the trauma of fighting… Continue reading What is… Containment

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What is… Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is not so much a single term as a group of terms that fall within the umbrella of Freudian psychoanalytic theory. Love him or hate him, Sigmund Freud was quite remarkable in terms of his impact on the… Continue reading What is… Freudian Psychoanalytic Theory

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What is… Dreaming

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is dreaming. We all have dreams, whether we remember them or not, but what exactly are they?  The reality is that no one really knows for sure.  There are a few things we do know, though. REM sleep… Continue reading What is… Dreaming

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What Is… Repression and Suppression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are repression and suppression. Freud's psychoanlytic theory Suppression and repression are examples of defense mechanisms that were identified by Sigmund Freud. They serve the purpose of removing unwanted information from conscious awareness.  Suppression is done consciously, while repression… Continue reading What Is… Repression and Suppression

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What is… a Defense Mechanism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is defense mechanisms. The concept of defense mechanisms was originally proposed by Sigmund Freud.  They're strategies that are used unconsciously in order to protect the ego when faced with uncomfortable feelings. Freud identified a number of defense mechanisms,… Continue reading What is… a Defense Mechanism

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What Is… Ego Dystonic & Ego Syntonic

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's terms are ego dystonic and ego sytonic. The terms ego dystonic and ego syntonic come from the field of psychoanalysis, and were coined by Sigmund Freud in 1914.  Ego syntonic ideas match up with the ego's needs and view… Continue reading What Is… Ego Dystonic & Ego Syntonic

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What Is… Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a type of talk therapy that does a deep dive into the past to help uncover what's going on in the unconscious mind in order to figure out problems in the person's… Continue reading What Is… Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

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What Is… Transference & Countertransference

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms: transference & countertransference The concept of transference was first proposed by Sigmund Freud.  In therapy, it occurs when a client unconsciously redirects feelings associated with one person, often an important figure in the earlier part of their life,… Continue reading What Is… Transference & Countertransference