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  1. 1. Anna OAnna O. (Freud 1909) suffered severe paralysis on her right side as wellas nausea and difficulty in drinking. Freud demonstrated that thesephysical symptoms actually had a psychological cause. Duringdiscussions with her it became apparent that she had developed a fear ofdrinking, when a dog she hated drank from her glass. Her othersymptoms originated when caring for her sick father. She would notexpress her anxiety for her his illness but did express it later, duringpsychoanalysis. As soon as she had the opportunity to make theseunconscious thoughts conscious her paralysis disappeared.Provide 2 criticisms of this study1.2.Provide 2 criticisms of Freud’s theory?1.2.
  2. 2. Anna O (1909)Problem: severe paralysis on her right side as well as nausea anddifficulty in drinking.Phobia: Fear of drinkingWhy?She had developed a fear of drinking, when a dog she hated drank fromher glass.She had a sick father but did not express her anxiety for his illness but didexpress it later, during therapyWhat happened?As soon as she had the opportunity to make these unconscious thoughtsconscious her paralysis disappeared. 1. What defence mechanism did Anna show? 2. This study was conducted in 1909. What is a criticism of this? Use keywords (e.g. era dependence, validity) 3. This is a case study. What is a criticism of this? Remember PEE! 4. Can you provide criticisms of Freud’s theory (unconscious processes explain abnormality e.g. phobias)?

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