2 thoughts on “How Psychoanalysis Understands Anxiety

  • November 3, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I’m a psychology and social studies student. I’m doing a case study on a six-year-old child dealing with anxiety and neglect from her family. I was wondering what your take using psychoanalysis on her anxiety and how to help her deal with it, and how it contextualizes. what therapy would be used in this situation dealing with a young child i.e play therapy, etc what would be best. thank you

    • November 27, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Hi Zehra,
      It is hard to conceptualize someone based on just a few details. However, play therapy and projective techniques such as drawing, painting and play dough are natural ways for children to express themselves when words are not enough. Psychoanalysis is based on detailed theories and research on child development so familiarizing yourself with that will give you the foundation to know where a child her age needs to be developmentally and what are the main tasks or milestones she needs to achieve at her age. Some kids engage in pretend play with the clinician as well and that may give you clues as to the sources of her anxiety. Many therapists use workbooks and books to talk about a child’s feelings. From a psychoanalytic point of view, we try to allow the child the space to express what within them cannot be discussed or expressed anywhere else through play, drawing or art without imposing our own thoughts and feelings on what is happening to them. This can be very hard to do but very rewarding when kids get better. Hope this helps. Good luck on your studies.


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