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What are core Distinctions between Analytical psychotherapy and the other Psychoanalytic psychotherapies?
Do you have a favorite among this group of psychotherapies be sure to indicate the basis for your preference?
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Analytical psychology approaches psychotherapy in the tradition of C. G. Jung (History of International Association for Analytical Psychology, n.d.). This means that while ones life history is of great significance for understanding ones current circumstances, the current circumstances also contain the seeds for future growth and development (History of International Association for Analytical Psychology, n.d.). In other words, the primary focus of this approach suggests that early experiences are very important in personality development. The importance of this theory focuses on folklore, cultural experiences, and mythology when trying to recognize human realization. When discussing other psychoanalytic psychotherapies, multiple theories apply to the psychotherapy situation, with a focus on increasing self-understanding and deepening insight into emotional issues and conflicts which underlie the presenting difficulties (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, n.d.). Therefore, it explores the clients internal experience, highlighting this as it occurs in current daily life; carrying it over from significant events and relationships of the past. There is a difference between analytical psychotherapy versus other psychoanalytical psychotherapies. While psychoanalysis deals with strengthening the unconscious, other psychotherapies may deal with working with the I or the ego of an individual. Psychotherapy may teach a client how to cope or change their behaviors, psychoanalyst may help the client modify how they may relate to themselves.
Although controversial, I can resonate with a couple of Sigmund Freuds ideas. Not all, but a few of his thoughts may be relatable. One of his ideas was the stage of unconscious. This is one of my favorites that I feel can be true when working with some people. This stage is where individuals repress unpleasant urges, thoughts, and memories that can bring feelings of anxiety and pain. Freud suggested that individuals use this defense mechanisms to prevent that uneasy feeling making its way to the conscious mind (Funder, 2016). If you are speaking with your client and you ask them about their childhood, and you may specify an age that bring of feelings that they have forgotten about that makes them feel embarrassed or gives them anxiety. I feel like this may happen more often than not in a therapeutic relationship when services clients with underlying and unresolved matters.
Funder, D. C. (2016). The personality puzzle. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
History of International Association for Analytical Psychology. (n.d.) What is analytical psychology? https://iaap.org/what-is-analytical-psychology/Links to an external site.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. (n.d.). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. American Psychoanalytic Association. https://apsa.org/content/psychoanalytic-psychotherapy.