How obsolete is Freud today?
Tricky question. There is much to critique Freud about including his misogyny. As I try to use a social constructionist lens I am more skeptical that there is any kind of inherent self. One can find these critiques throughout the long history of Buddhism plus the many and various cultures throughout the world that have no real concept of the individual but instead have a communal identity. Freud put forth the idea of an individual that has internal conflicts of the ego, id, and super ego. Because we cannot locate these things within a self I become more skeptical that they actually exist. Yet I appreciate Freud for articulating the ideas of transference. It is not that I think that this is always what is going on but the idea that as therapists we need to focus on the "Between". What is happening right now as we engage with each other. Much like the Martin Buber I-Thou stance.
His ideas were great for building interest to start looking at the human mind, but not really based upon solid scientific principles or quantified measurements.
While the ideas & practices associated with Freud are cultural artifacts of his particular time and place (reflecting the ascendancy of the medical model and the modernist focus on universal explanations for human experience featuring notions of interiority--what we commonly refer to as "the self"), they continue to permeate popular culture as well as the academy, as the psychoanalytic lens is used extensively in the critique & analysis of contemporary culture.
In therapy, I think the more useful question might be: for any particular client(s) at any particular time, in what ways are the ideas and practices associated with Freud meaningful? While I personally do not organize around these ideas, if a client found them helpful I would engage with them around what was hopeful/helpful about them.
Very! His voluminous 23 volumes, reductionally claim an "id, ego and super-ego." In his time this is really all there was and it's wrong, as many other of his theories.
Yehoshua Ya'acov's "paradox, dilemma, dichotomy to proscription's cognitive ascent axis NOW replaces Freud old "id, ego and super ego axis," comprehensively functionally and methodologically, with ist "Receiving, to give(sm)" and its 'Identity Resolution-IR technology(s).
some things still apply :)
Freudian understand of psychology will always have a place. However, as our understanding of not only the mind but also the brains neurology and plasticity increase and we apply this to a deeper understanding of the quantum field psychology. Freud, and so many others offer at best a limited perspective.
Despite Freud is a bit obsolete today, it is good to recognise the innovative ideas he gave to Psychology. Also Freud can be considered as a model of reorientating our own career: he started as Neurologist and derived to Psychiatry to create his own theoretical corpus.
Also this is proved and it can be seen in Freud Museum in Vienna, in the apartment where he lived with his family and worked.
While Freudís philosophy and world view are outdated, his metaphors and observations hold a lot of value. He is so interwoven into everyday culture and thinking that he will never be obsolete.
He would have wanted us to advance beyond his ideas and methods and would be disappointed by those who have stayed stuck in trying to be at best caricature of the great person that he was. (see into to the Interpretation of Dreams)
Freud is easy to caricature, but a lot of his theories have massive relevance for today.
Not as obsolete as you think, Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. I'm majoring in art therapy, and interpretation is very much important when being an art therapist, you ask questions to bring from the subconscious what was hidden away for years through mediums. His practices have just been integrated and slightly modified in psychology, we still interpret how we are feeling, and everything still symbolizes something, so no freud is not totally irrelevent.
He has considerable influence in dream psychology. It seems he had the basic principles right (e.g. that dreams are motivated by psychic energy), but he focused too much on sex. I think it is always a shame when someone throws Freud out without regard. He was a pioneer who dared to talk about child sexuality. He also gave psychology the 'case study' as a research method. There are strengths and weaknesses in every psychological theory.
In the light of My discovery, the Freudian ideas and notions are definitively exposed to as irrelevant, BECAUSE, I HAVE COME OUT WITH A DIMENSION different from what he had and DARWIN , WHO HAD BEEN HIS CONTEMPORARY, DONE
I do feel like people have strayed from Freud nowadays and they do not take his methods as seriously, but we have learned a lot from him and still teach his methods in school. We still talk about his theory of the id, ego, and superego, so I would not say that he is completely obsolete.
Freud was a pioneer who made way for everyone else. He is pretty obsolete but every now and then I will hear him coming out of my mouth. I always give a disclaimer however lol
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