Little Hans

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  • Little Hans- Freud
    • Dreams
      • Two Giraffes- "in the night there wa a big giraffe in the room and a crumpled one; and the big one called out because I took the crumpled one away from it. Then it stopped calling out; and then I sat down on top of the crumpled one
        • The Big giraffe represents his father or his penis, and the crumpled one is his mothers genitals.
      • Plumber- "The plumber came and first he took away my behind with a pair of pincers and then the same with my widdler"
        • This shows she is identifying with his father by wanting his behind and his widdler.
      • Marrying his mother and being a father- This lead freud to conclude that hans had at last overcome his oedipus complex and was able to identitfy with his father.
        • Evidence of psychosexual stages of development and in particular the Oedipus comples.
    • Evaluation
      • This provided Freud to support his theory of personality and also enhance our understanding of the development of mental disorder.
      • Little Hans' father gave consent also it is said little hans asked his father for Freids help.
      • Ecological validity- Hans' father may have influenced hans' answers by using leading questions. However as Hans' was in his own environment so you could say it would have high ecological validity.
      • The data collected is qualitative becuase it is rich and full of detail because they had all of Hans' thoughts. However this is open to subjective to interpretaion by Freud. This reduces scientific objectivity pf the study.
      • This study is longitudinal so he could see Hans' problems progress and grow up. However flaws in the study can't be retracted.
    • Improvements
      • Freud could see liitle Hans more than just once or twice.
        • There would be less observer bias, however Freud may not of had time to see hans. Also little hans may answer questions differently when his father isnt around


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