Ep 224 (Video): If Freud Worked Tech Support

A humorous way to learn about the Freudian defense mechanisms (actually elaborated by Anna Freud) of Displacement, Denial, Sublimation, Reaction Formation, and Projection. A little dream analysis thrown in. Who knows? Maybe Freud would have been good at tech support...(technically, this is a video version of episode 209). … [Read more...]

Ep 202: How To Memorize Freud’s Stages of Psychosexual Development

Need to memorize Freud's stages of psychosexual development for a test? Here's a mnemonic that should do the trick. In this brief video, the founder of psychoanalysis gives you a mnemonic and explains the 5 stages for you. What do orangutans and ogres have to do with Freud's stages? They'll help you remember them, that's what. Find out how in this episode and make sure to check out these other Psych Files episodes for psychology mnemonics: How to Memorize the Parts of the Brain, How to Memorize Erikson's Eight Stages, and How to Memorize Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development. I love … [Read more...]

Ep 192: An Example of How Psychoanalysts Really Interpret Dreams

What Do Dreams Mean?

What do psychologists really think about your dreams - do they have meaning? In this episode I talk about what psychologists think today about dreams. You probably know that Freud thought that dreams had a manifest content (the people and things that happened in the dream that you remember) and a latent content (the unconscious meaning of the dream). Do we still think this? Also: can you look up in a book or online to find out what your dreams meant? If you dream about a cat for example - what does this mean? In this episode I explore these questions with author and psychoanalyst Kerry … [Read more...]

Ep 185: The Dynamics of Therapy: Transference and Counter Transference: An Interview with Kerry Malawista

Transference and countertransference are two key concepts in psychoanalysis and they are fascinating. If you're interested in the therapy side of psychology - particularly psychoanalysis - this is the episode for you. Kerry Malawista, psychoanalyst and author, along with Anne Adeleman and Catherine Anderson, talks about their new book, "Wearing My Tutu To Analysis". In this episode we focus on two of the stories in the book, which focus on transference and countertransference. … [Read more...]

Episode 107: Freud, Projective Tests and …. Poetry


How do the Rorschach, the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) and the House, Tree, Person tests work? Do you reveal something about yourself when you tell stories about pictures or tell what you see in an inkblot or even when you do something as seemingly innocent as drawing a picture of a house? In this episode I try to answer these questions about the Freudian defense mechanism of projection as well as show you how a wonderful poem called How It Will End by Denise Duhamel could be an excellent example of psychology in everyday life. [adsenseyu2] Resources for this Episode Many thanks to … [Read more...]

Episode 12: The Necessity of the Frame in Psychotherapy

What is the frame in psychotherapy and why do we need to keep it from breaking? This week I discuss the importance of boundaries and guidelines set forth by [easyazon-link asin="0345364317"]Robert Langs[/easyazon-link], MD regarding how to know when your relationship with your therapist is healthy - and when it is not. I also talk about the concepts of transference and countertransference in psychotherapy. [adsenseyu2] Notes From This Episode Download a Word doc on Lang's guidelines for psychotherapy. Go to the webpage for the European Society for Communicative Psychotherapy where … [Read more...]

Episode #5: In Defense of Defense Mechanisms

It seemed time to do a podcast on Freud. The subtitle of this episode is "Don't Throw Freud out with the Bathwater". Too many people dismiss Freud because he had a few controversial ideas, but as I try to point out in this podcast, many of Freud's ideas were very influential and can, with a little attention, be seen in everyday life. [adsenseyu2] Click the image below to see a concept map of the defense mechanisms discussed in this episode. Here are my show notes for this episode: NOTE: I want to thank listener Allen Esterson for helping to improve the accuracy of the … [Read more...]