Freud's Little Hans Case Study(1909)

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  • Freud's Study of Little Hans(1909)
    • AIM- To record a case of the Oedipus complex.
    • METHOD- This was a case study and a boy called 'little hans' was followed through his phobia of horses; to try and end the phobia his father recorded his dreams anxieties and fantasies.
      • Freud then interpreted the data passed on from his father , Freud interpreted this in line with the Oedipus complex theory.
      • This was a longitudinal study as it followed him form when he was 3 till he was 5.
      • The data collected was letter sent from max graf(hans father) and his father was a follower of freud.
      • Hans originally had a phobia of white horses as he had watched horse races as well as overheard girls being told that they should out there fingers out because it will bite.
    • RESULTS- 'hans' fear of horses was interpreted as anxiety caused by a threat to castrate him in the context of his father banning him from his parent bed. dreams and fantasies were interpreted in the light of this theoretical position.
    • CONCLUDE- hans experienced castration anxiety and the Oedipus complex but resolved this through his fantasies.


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