n African Journal of Psychiatry - A Dangerous Method : movie review

Volume 15, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



As a clinician I always found psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory to be boring, too intellectual and overly intense. Except for the occasional Freudian slip, transference encountered in therapy, the odd dream analysis around the dinner table or discussing the taboos of adult sexuality I rarely venture out into the field of classic psychoanalysis. I have come to realise that my stance towards psychoanalysis mainly has to do with a lack of knowledge and specialist training on my part in this area of psychology. I will also not deny that I find some of the aspects of Sigmund Freud's theory and methods highly intriguing and at times a spark of curiosity makes me jump into the pool of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic theory and 'swim' around a bit - mainly by means of reading or surfing the internet on the topic.

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