Psychoanalysis is weird. So.. what is Psychoanalysis?

'What is Psychoanalysis?' is a 4-part educational film series by Freud Museum London​ for students and teachers.

Part 1: Is it Weird?



In this episode:
  • Is psychoanalysis weird?
  • A talking cure
  • The unconscious
  • The ego is not master in its own house
  • Psychoanalysis and the 'cognitive approach'

Part 2: Sexuality



In this episode:
  • An enlarged concept of sexuality
  • Infantile sexuality
  • Perversion is something we're born with
  • Normal and abnormal
  • Psychosexual stages of development: oral, anal, phallic
  • Repression
  • Sexuality and symptoms

Part 3: The Oedipus Complex



In this episode:
  • The emotional world of children
  • His Majesty the Baby
  • The mother as first love object
  • Is it sexual?
  • Jealousy, rivalry, hatred and anxiety
  • The role of the father
  • Gender: Freud didn't think you were just 'born a boy' or 'born a girl'
  • There is no perfect resolution of the Oedipus complex
  • It marks us for life

Part 4: The Ego, the Id and the Superego



In this episode:
  • A fractured self
  • The ego, the id and the superego
  • Why did Freud develop a new model?
  • Devils and angels
  • People fall ill of their moral ideals
  • A horse and a rider
  • The ego is like a politician
  • The goal of analysis is to stop the ego being so silly


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