Evaluation of Freud's case study of Little Hans

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Strengths:

  • Freud gathered information from Hans' father rather than from Hans directly. However, he did try to work on information gained directly from the little boy, when Hans talked freely about his problems (even though to his father), so the data was valid to that extent.
  • The data was comprehensive, covering dreams, events, ideas and feelings.
  • Freud's focus on sexual matters and unconscious processes has led to psychoanalysis and other psychotherapies being developed. The ideas of the 'talking cure' and the 'listening cure' have been built upon, as is…

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