of the very first cases that caught Freud’s attention when he was starting to
develop his psychoanalytic theory was that of Anna O, a patient of fellow
psychiatrist Josef Breuer. Although Freud did not directly treat her, he did
thoroughly analyze her case as he was fascinated by the fact that her hysteria
was “cured” by Breuer. It is her case that he believes was the beginning of the
your analysis of this case, you will not only look deeper into Freud’s
psychoanalytic theory but also see how Jung’s neo-psychoanalytic theory
compares and contrasts with Freud’s theory.
The Case of Anna O.
One of the first cases that inspired Freud in the development
of what would eventually become the Psychoanalytic Theory was the case of
Anna O. Anna O. was actually a patient of one of Freud’s colleagues Josef
Breuer. Using Breuer’s case notes, Freud was able to analyze the key facts of
Anna O’s case.
Anna O. first developed her symptoms while she was taking care
of her very ill father with whom she was extremely close. Some of her initial
symptoms were loss of appetite to the extent of not eating, weakness, anemia,
and development a severe nervous cough. Eventually she developed a severe
optic headache and lost the ability to move her head, which then progressed
into paralysis of both arms. Her symptoms were not solely physical as she
would vacillate between a normal, mental state and a manic-type state in
which she would become extremely agitated. There was even a notation of a
time for which she hallucinated that the ribbons in her hair were snakes.
Toward the end of her father’s life she stopped speaking her
native language of German and instead only spoke in English. A little over a
year after she began taking care of her father he passed away. After his
passing her symptoms grew to affect her vision, a loss of ability to focus
her attention, more extreme hallucinations, and a number of suicidal attempts
Freud and Jung would acknowledge that unconscious processes are at work in this
woman's problems. However, they would come to different conclusions about the
origin of these problems and the method by which she should be treated.
Freud’s and Jung’s theories of personality using your textbook, the Internet,
and the Argosy University online library resources. Based on your research,
respond to the following:
- Compare and contrast Freud's
view of the unconscious with Jung's view and apply this case example in
- On what specific points would
they agree and disagree regarding the purpose and manifestation of the
unconscious in the case of Anna?
- How might they each approach
the treatment of Anna? What might be those specific interventions? How
might Anna experience these interventions considering her history?