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PSYCHOANALYTIC
PSYCHOTHERAPY

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, also known as psychodynamic psychotherapy or analytic psychotherapy, is derived from psychoanalysis as founded by Sigmund Freud in Vienna in the early twentieth century, which has increased in sophistication over more than a hundred years since then, and is continually undergoing further research and development today.

The way that psychoanalytic psychotherapists understand the mind or the self is that the very structure of our psychological selves is formed in the process of growing up, fashioned from our experience of important other people in our lives. Because a small infant is dependent for life on close family members and other carers, their influence is bound to be crucial.

As we grow we adapt to the pressures and conflicts arising from our development and this shapes who we are. We might find that ways of managing that helped us through our formative years become a disadvantage in adulthood. Our efforts to establish important relationships, to meet our needs, and to get on with others are frustrated, often by the same obstacles arising over and over again. Sometimes we encounter problems in our relationship with ourselves,
in the form of inner conflicts and self-defeating behaviour.
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