Freud’s psychoanalytic theory case study: Case of Annie O - 17875

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One of the very first cases that caught Freud’s attention when he
was starting to develop his psychoanalytic theory was that of Anna O, a patient
of fellow psychiatrist Josef Breuer. Although Freud did not directly treat her,
he did thoroughly analyze her case as he was fascinated by the fact that her
hysteria was “cured” by Breuer. It is her case that he believes was the
beginning of the psychoanalytic approach.


Through your analysis of this case, you will not only look deeper
into Freud’s psychoanalytic theory but also see how Jung’s neo-psychoanalytic
theory compares and contrasts with Freud’s theory.


Review the following:


The Case of Anna

One of the first cases that
inspired Freud in the development of what would eventually become the
Psychoanalytic Theory was the case of Anna O. Anna O. was actually a patient of
one of Freud’s colleagues Josef Breuer. Using Breuer’s case notes, Freud was
able to analyze the key facts of Anna O’s case.

Anna O. first developed her
symptoms while she was taking care of her very ill father with whom she was
extremely close. Some of her initial symptoms were loss of appetite to the
extent of not eating, weakness, anemia, and development a severe nervous cough.
Eventually she developed a severe optic headache and lost the ability to move
her head, which then progressed into paralysis of both arms. Her symptoms were
not solely physical as she would vacillate between a normal, mental state and a
manic-type state in which she would become extremely agitated. There was even a
notation of a time for which she hallucinated that the ribbons in her hair were

Toward the end of her father’s
life she stopped speaking her native language of German and instead only spoke
in English. A little over a year after she began taking care of her father he
passed away. After his passing her symptoms grew to affect her vision, a loss of
ability to focus her attention, more extreme hallucinations, and a number of
suicidal attempts (Hurst,


Both Freud and Jung would acknowledge that unconscious processes
are at work in this woman's problems. However, they would come to different
conclusions about the origin of these problems and the method by which she
should be treated.


Research Freud’s and Jung’s theories of personality using your
textbook, the Internet, and the Argosy University online library resources.
Based on your research, respond to the following:

  • Compare and contrast Freud's view of the unconscious with Jung's view and
    apply this case example in your explanations.
  • On what specific points would they agree and disagree regarding the purpose
    and manifestation of the unconscious in the case of Anna?
  • How might they each approach the treatment of Anna? What might be those
    specific interventions? How might Anna experience these interventions
    considering her history?


Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to
citation of sources.

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