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Psychoanalytic and biogenic perspectives of psychopathy with respect to phobia etiology and treatment

  1. Introduction.
  2. Focus of the biogenic model of psychopathy.
  3. Phobias.
    1. The 'Little Hans' case study.
    2. Freud's psychoanalytic theory of phobia etiology and treatment.
    3. Three main areas for criticisms.
    4. Modified of the psychoanalytic theory of phobias by post-Freudians.
    5. The first and least severe corrective measure.
    6. The second type of therapy: Electro-Convulsive Therapy (E.C.T.).
    7. The final type of biogenic therapy: Psychosurgery.
  4. Conclusion.
  5. References.

Psychopathy or abnormal psychology is the term used for the study of ‘illnesses related to the mind’, and so includes the etiology and treatment of schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders and phobias etc. In general it can be seen to encompass any mentally or behaviorally disordered state in which proper psychological functioning is disordered or interfered with . It is not a simple, clear cut science by any means, as it is still in very experimental stages, with much of that which it encompasses still lying outside proper human understanding. The result of this is that within the field of psychopathy many different perspectives exist, with each approaching the various disorders from very different angles and proposing different etiology and treatment.

[...] (1975) Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, International Universities Press, Inc. Corsini, R.J. & Wedding, D. (1995) Current Psychotherapies, F.E. Peacock. Dryden, W. (1996) Handbook of Individual Therapies, SAGE Publications References (Secondary) Freud, S. (1909) Notes Upon a Case of Obssesional Neurosis. Odier, C. (1956) Anxiety and Magical Thinking, International Universities Press. Arieti, S. (1979) New Views on Psychodynamics of Phobias, American Journal of Psychotherapy No.33. MacFarland, J.W., Allen, L. and [...]


[...] When it comes to looking at the biogenic perspective of psychopathy, it is much more difficult to apply it to phobia etiology and treatment, as there is very little that it directly suggests for such a case. Instead, it is perhaps better to take a more general view of biogenic etiologies and treatments, and understand that each could be seen to apply to phobias, if the case was deemed relevant (or in many cases severe) enough. As previously explained, the etiology involved in the biogenic perspective is very clear cut. [...]

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