Freud's technique of free association

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Discuss Freud's technique of free association giving explanation on how it works and criticism

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Running Head: FREUDS TECHNIQUE OF FREE ASSOCIATIONFreuds technique of free associationInsert Name HereUniversity Affiliation1FREUDS TECHNIQUE OF FREE ASSOCIATION2Freuds technique of free associationIntroductionFreuds technique of free association is a tool employed in solving inner conflicts andcontradictions in an individual. It is used in psychoanalytic therapy to aid patients inunderstanding what they are thinking and feeling. This technique enables the patients to sayanything and everything in their minds without editing them and without directing them to anyspecific object an unintentionally. According to Freud, free association technique is used toenable patients realize both unconscious thoughts and feelings that had been ignored orsuppressed. On realizing these unconscious thoughts and feelings, a patient is able to have achange in their problematic manners. In this case, such thoughts and feelings can therefore bemanaged easily. The main aim of free association is not just discovering the latent memories butalso in the identification of unclear real thoughts and feelings correlating to problematic lifesituations. It is not used to expose particular answers and memories but rather to initiate ajourney of rediscovery enabling the patient to incorporate his thoughts, action, selfhood andfeelings. For any two competing opinions, free association can be employed in understandingsuch conflicts. In describing free association, F

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