Therapy Toronto Psychotherapy Definitions
- Sigmund Freud, already a neurologist and physician, described himself as a ‘Seelenarzt’ or ‘soul doctor’ when he embarked on the development of psychoanalysis. He believed in the primacy of individual existence.
He held that that each human has to struggle to assert himself as an individual and in so doing needs to come to terms with what makes him uniquely different from the lives of those around him, including those who love him and whom he loves, such as parents, siblings, spouses, children and friends. Individuation required that illusions be put aside, and neurotics were those who were having difficulty replacing such illusions with realistic appreciation of the situation in which they were living.
Psychotherapy glossary by Toronto Therapy Network is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at definitions.TherapyToronto.ca.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://TherapyToronto.ca/copyright.phtml.