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  1. Leo Rangell

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0719

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Rangell, L. 2010. Psychoanalysis. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of California, Los Angeles

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Psychoanalysis is a theory of the mind and a method derived from that theory to treat mental disturbances. It had its origins in the discoveries and formulations developed over some 50 years by its creator, Sigmund Freud, a neurologist, neuroanatomist, and neuropathologist living in Vienna, who had an inquiring mind about the nature of mental processes. Freud was born in 1856. During a travel grant at the famous Salpetriere Clinic in Paris for 4 months in 1885–1886, under the noted French neurologist Charcot, the young physician came to learn from his mentor, via now-classic experiments in hypnosis, that ideas can instill and then remove and abolish the central features of hysteria.


  • Freud;
  • psychoanalysis;
  • transference;
  • treatment methods;
  • unconscious