School for Social Work
Consciousness, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Repression (Psychology), Defense mechanisms (Psychology), Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939, Mitchell, Stephen A., 1946-2000, Insight in psychotherapy, Ego (Psychology), Theoretical, Relational psychodynamic theory
This project critiques the way that the concept "consciousness" has traditionally been, and continues to be, understood in psychodynamic theories. Focusing on the phenomenon of repression, it shows that a different way of conceptualizing consciousness can help shed light on the confusing matter of the relationship between insight and improvement of symptoms in therapy. Many practitioners have shifted toward relational approaches in recent times, in part due to realizations about the limited roles of insight in generating change. The project makes the case that contributions of relational theory can be expanded and maximized if the model of consciousness assumed therein is modified.
Goldberg, Inna, "A critique of the concept "consciousness" in psychodynamic theory : implications for understanding repression" (2014). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.