free association

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  • the unconscious is a major influence of the way we react to events in our environment. we do not have access to the memories kept in the unconscious, many of them being of critical and distrubing events in our life, that can effect the way we see the world and interpret it. 
  • psychodynamic theories aim to uncover memories buried in the unconscious and bring them into the conscious mind.


  • by allowing the patients to say silly, irrelevant and embarrasing material, the therapist may pin point where the material from the unconscious came from.
  • the assumption that psychological defence mechanisms are in operation, preventing the release of material. (GROSS 2010)


  • The patient sits in a room free of distructions…


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