Dealing with trauma

By | November 17, 2015

Being able to elicit past traumas during psychoanalysis is one of the ways an analyst determines a course of treatment for a patient. Of course, the level of that trauma will likely chart the course of how that patient is treated: the more severe the trauma, the greater likelihood that more intensive approaches are crafted.

How the analyst interprets the original damage that was inflicted is the wild card in this scenario, which is something I discovered when I delved into the writings of Sigmund Freud.

For example, a woman who fears intimacy and therefore deflects the interest of potential suitors could have any number of different reasons for this problem. Some situations could be related to having endured an assault that’s been too shameful to tell any loved ones or close friends. Others may relate to not having seen such emotions from parents while growing up.

There has been instances where a woman has feared sex because of the possibility of pregnancy. In one case, the reason behind such thinking was related to the tragic loss of the woman’s brother as a young child.

Such unconscious manifestations are one of the two parts that Freud spoke of in his writings. However, the father of psychoanalysis had a tendency to not only manipulate his results to suit his preconceived notions, but also transplant casual interactions through the mail and in everyday life to provide a questionable diagnosis for the patient.