Winnicott, Klein, Bowlby, Lacan, Anna & Sigmund Freud: 6 Psychoanalytic Theorists Introduced in Animated Videos

Sigmund Freud



Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis, appreciated the many ways in which our minds are troubled and anxious.

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Anna Freud



It's to Anna Freud we owe the genius term 'defensiveness' to describe how most of us get some of the time.

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Melanie Klein



Melanie Klein was a great psychotherapist who teaches us how to stop either idealising or denigrating others.

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John Bowlby



The English psychoanalyst John Bowlby teaches us about Attachment Theory, which is quite simply the best way to understand how and why relationships are tricky.

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Donald Winnicott



Donald Winnicott has lots to teach us about how to look after children - but also about how not to aim for perfection. Being a 'good enough' parent is good enough...

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Jacques Lacan



Jacques Lacan was France’s most famous psychoanalyst, who came up with the intriguing concept of the ‘mirror phase.’

Introductory Books on Lacan:

See also

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

On Being a Patient: A short animation about the experience of psychoanalysis

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