A debate has dragged on for many years, and continues unabated, about the status of Freud’s work and of psychoanalysis generally The main issues concern evaluating psychoanalysis in terms of its claims to scientific status, and exploring related questions such as the falsifiability of its hypotheses or how psychoanalytic models and methods stand in relation to recent developments in physiologically based scientific psychology.
KeywordsNodal Point Dream Content Dream Work Psychoanalytic Model Dream Narrative
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